Re: Jargon Lovin' Fool
I can think of no reason to write "start" instead of "boot" except possibly
if you're writing for a computer-illiterate audience.
Check the messages before Andrew renamed the thread. This was exactly what I was saying.
Even then, I'd suggest
using the standard term and adding an explanation thereof.
I might quibble over how standard "boot" is. English, after all, is full of synonyms.
But, more importantly, whether the term needed explaining depends on the purpose of the manual. If the manual is designed to educate people in computer use, then an explanation would be useful. However, if you're writing for data-entry clerks, whose sole interest is in getting the job done, and who couldn't care a pixel's width about learning more about the computer, then why would you bother? They certainly wouldn't appreciate the distraction. And, from their point of view, they'd be right.
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