Do you include a sentence identifying the dialog name?

Subject: Do you include a sentence identifying the dialog name?
From: Steven Oppenheimer <writer -at- writemaster -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 11:00:35 -0500


Actually, the most important thing that you are doing is saying how to access the dialog box in the first place (Choose Database->Password). I can't begin to tell you how much (semi-useless) documentation I've seen (especially online help) where you are told how to use the dialog, but not how to find the damn thing to begin with! Drives me crazy!

Steve Oppenheimer
writer -at- writemaster -dot- com

From: "Gilda Spitz" <gspitz -at- longview -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 11:13:35 -0500
X-Message-Number: 21

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.=20

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." =20

Just curious to see if the readers on this list have strong feelings on
this topic.=20

Gilda Spitz
Manager, Documentation Services
Longview Solutions Inc.=20

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