Re: Word usage: PRINT

Subject: Re: Word usage: PRINT
From: Steven Brown <stevenabrown -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 06:40:07 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Karen,

Good question. It sounds like your colleagues are onto
something. Print really isn't as specific as other
terms. I think you'll have to review each use of the
word and either find a more descriptive word or
rewrite the sentence(s). To use a teenage phrase, it's
all about whether one includes data.

Here are my suggestions, without being privy to the
overall context of the sentences.

BEFORE: When using comparative percentages, the second
item must be explicitly specified as a print item in
the body of the SUM report.

AFTER: When using comparative percentages, you must
explicitly specify that the second item be included in
the body of the SUM report.

BEFORE: This chapter describes how to create summary
reports that show numeric information, such as the
total values of orders, without needing to print
detailed information from each record.

AFTER: This chapter describes how to create summary
reports that include numeric information, such as the
total values of orders. It explains how to create
reports with or without detailed information about
each record.

(Is there any other kind of information in summary
reports other than numeric? If not, you can delete

I hope this helps.

Steven Brown
Senior Technical Writer

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