Documenting buttons with ellipses

Subject: Documenting buttons with ellipses
From: Nina rogers <nrogers -at- interactsys -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 14:45:59 -0400

Please help me to resolve a little debate that's going on in my office.

What is the correct way to document a command button with an ellipsis (e.g.,
"Save As ...")? I have always understood that the ellipsis should be omitted
in the written documentation, but my co-worker insists that the
documentation should be identical to what is seen on the screen. I find that
including the ellipsis tends to make a sentence harder to read, and I don't
think most people pay that much attention to ellipses anyway.

My version (with button name bolded): "Click Save As to assign a new name to
the document."
Her version (also with button name bolded): "Click Save As ... to assign a
new name to the document."

Which is correct? Or, which is more "acceptable"?

Nina Rogers
Technical Writer


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