Re: French GUI Standards

Subject: Re: French GUI Standards
From: Sylvie Picquendar <sylvie -dot- picquendar -at- atempo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 11:35:46 +0200

fgraham -at- intrinsyc -dot- com wrote:

Shawna asks:

je voudrais savoir si on utilise l'infinitif ou la deuxième personne du pluriel dans les menus: "Create a layer" devient "Créer une couche" ou "Créez une couche"?

I would suggest the "imperatif" form, with the implied subject being
"vous"--as you say, "la deuxième personne du pluriel".

Just like the English "imperative", imperatif serves to suggest or order,
and is usually conjugated similarly to the present tense but without the

So, I would say: "Utilisez l'imperatif, Shawna."

:) Flora

I would actually disagree with using the imperative in the GUI. The meaning you are trying to convey is really "This is where you can" do this or that, not "You must" do this or that. Hence I would use l'infinitif, et pas l'impératif, "Créer ceci ou cela".

On the other hand, if you are describing a procedure, you should use the impératif: - Choisissez telle fenêtre
- Cliquez sur tel bouton ...etc.



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