RE: Feeling tense about tense - a call for examples please

Subject: RE: Feeling tense about tense - a call for examples please
From: "Steve Hudson" <steve -at- wright -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 10:06:39 +1100

Example 1 - future

To position the page using the SPACE BAR, place the cursor (using any tool
except the Text tool) at the point on the page to be centered and press
the SPACE BAR. Holding down the SPACE BAR will allow dragging the screen
like the Grab tool.

Example 2 - Future

The Zoom tool and the View command both magnify and reduce the view of a
To zoom in, use any of these methods:
· Select the Zoom tool from the Tool Palette, and click the area of the
page to magnify. On each click the magnification will double.
· Select View > Zoom In to magnify the view 100%.

Click to zoom in

· Press CTRL+KEYPAD +.
· Select the Zoom tool from the Tool Palette and drag it over the part of
the page to magnify. The part of the page enclosed by the zoom marquee will
be displayed at the maximum magnification possible.

Steve Hudson
Lead Technical Writer
Wright Technologies (Aus)
steve -at- www -dot- wright -dot- com -dot- au
(612) 9518-1822
The best way to predict the future... is to create it!

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Subject: Feeling tense about tense - a call for examples please


All this discussion about future tense, past tense, present tense -
<grin>it's making me tense!</grin>. It's also far too abstract for me. How
about some examples so that we can see the animal we are looking at. I'll

Something similar to what I did on a recent job (which I have altered
considerably because of proprietary concerns):

MiddlePoint enables a special technique for capturing the data and using it.
One technique is called the "middle technique." (See Figure 13) Using this
method, MiddlePoint sits in a secure building and intercepts communications
between direct line microwave transceivers in two different buildings. It
receives a messages from a transceiver in Building A and captures it.
MiddlePoint then passes the message to the receiving device in Building B
unchanged. When B responds, MiddlePoint captures its response and then
passes it back to A. This technique significantly affects system overhead.
Processing time is added while the communication is taking place. The
advantage lies in that the captured data can then be modeled at one's

Now, granted that this does not comprise a user manual and really just forms
a basic abstract, I wrote it in present tense. How would it look written in
future tense. I could re-write it, but I'd like to see (a) whether this is
the kind of beastie that we are discussing here and (b) how a proponent of
future tense would rework it. Thanks.



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