RE: Active verbs (was: Basic Voice)

Subject: RE: Active verbs (was: Basic Voice)
From: "Peter Swisher" <PeteS -at- bmgi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 12:39:50 -0700

"<snip> but the function doesn't really "do" anything by itself, other
than just sit there. The user implements the function as a tool in order
to carry out his or her bidding (i.e., it allows him or her to save

Aha! Herein lies the precise reason I find myself using "lets",
"allows", "provides" etc. Thanks for reminding me! The code is not
alive. It cannot do anything by itself. They say the first step to
recovery is identifying the problem.

"<snip> there's no reason to put "allows you to" in every single
description. Just clutters things up and states the obvious."

I'll repeat this to myself every morning. Eventually, it will sink in.
At the least, everybody's help has been fantastic. I'm over my little
"tech writer's block".


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