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Subject:Re: Displays versus Appears-Which One? From:"Mike Starr" <writstar -at- wi -dot- net> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 15 Nov 2000 14:34:33 -0600
>> My last tech editor would ding me if I used 'appears'
>> instead of 'displays' when describing the action a
>> window or other grahical element "takes" (for lack of
>> a better word) when you click on it. She said to use
>> 'displays' instead. I got into thaet habit.
>> On this job, the other two tech writers say they have
>> never heard of this, and consider 'appears' to be
>> Example: Select ABC. The GHI window displays, on
>> which you can..."
>> as opposed to "Select ABC. The GHI window appears, on
>> which you can..."
>> Which one?
Well, in spite of conventional wisdom that advises against
anthropomorphizing, I always do it this way:
"Click the Bump button. SuperWhiz displays a Bump dialog box similar to
the one shown below."
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