Do you include a sentence identifying the dialog name?

Subject: Do you include a sentence identifying the dialog name?
From: "Gilda Spitz" <gspitz -at- longview -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 11:13:35 -0500

We've been having an interesting discussion here.

Let's say we have a dialog named "Change Password". In our procedures,
we insert a numbered step consisting of two sentences: "Choose Database
-> Password. The Change Password dialog appears.", followed by a picture
of the dialog. In the second sentence, there's an index marker for the
dialog name.

The discussion is this: We're thinking of ways to improve our text, both
to ensure the English is as good as possible, and to minimize
translation costs. So there are several choices:

* keep the status quo
* delete the second sentence (if we did this, we'd have to move
the index marker elsewhere)
* change the second sentence to "The following dialog appears."

Just curious to see if the readers on this list have strong feelings on
this topic.

Gilda Spitz
Manager, Documentation Services
Longview Solutions Inc.


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