RE: French GUI Standards

Subject: RE: French GUI Standards
From: "Anita Legsdin" <anita -dot- legsdin -at- watchmark -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 10:11:02 -0700

The only replies I've seen on this subject treat the French menu as
though it were a translation of the English rather than a part of common
French usage. Procedure titles in French usually appear in the
infinitive form: "to create" rather than "[You] Create". This is common
in other European languages as well.

On Saturday, September 21, 2002 11:01 PM, TECHWR-L digest
[SMTP:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -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
and is usually conjugated similarly to the present tense but without the

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

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