Re: Usage of Verbs in Online Help Table of Contents

Subject: Re: Usage of Verbs in Online Help Table of Contents
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- editors-writers -dot- info>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 21:10:28 -0500




Is there some compelling reason to do so? I have
> recently created a Table of contents that has both
> books and topics in the "-ing" form of the verb. Am I
> doing something wrong, or generally unaccepted?
>

Microsoft used to title procedural topics "To change ..." or "To rename...".
Lately, they've dropped the "To".

That earlier form and the current form without the "to" helps users quickly
distinguish procedures from concept topics. If you want to follow Microsoft
style, I'd recommend their style manual, Microsoft Manual of Style for
Technical Publications, Second Edition. They are working on a third as we
speak.


Bonnie Granat
http://www.editors-writers.info





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References:
Usage of Verbs in Online Help Table of Contents: From: Alan Alda

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