Re: Declarative vs. imperative

Subject: Re: Declarative vs. imperative
From: Goober <techcommgoober -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 13:30:31 -0700 (PDT)

Who's the audience? The inspectors, or someone else?

> Will you please post your editorial advice for the
> following situation? It's for a colleague of mine.
> "I am working on a manual of procedures concerning
> safety for inspectors and have come across a
> mishmash of text that switches from....declarative
> statements such as 'Inspectors must always....' to
> ones addressed directly to the reader that are
> imperative such as 'you must never ... you are
> required to be....'
> My instinct is to improve the text by choosing to
> describe inspectors' actions, but at the same time I
> am concerned that the message may be more
> successfully delivered by the imperatives.
> Have you encountered this problem before or do you
> know what is standard in a manual such as this ...
> even if not I would appreciate your views."

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