RE: Displays vs. Appears

Subject: RE: Displays vs. Appears
From: "Sonja Marnewick" <Sonjam -at- medemass -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 15:51:42 +0200

Jayaseelan wrote:

So my question is: Is there an outside chance that the sentence "When
you click the Home page icon, the Techwhirler Home page displays" will
pass muster in the tech writing world? I was, until recently, using the
intransitive "displays" quite extensively in my user manuals . And I
think my American boss and editor either approved it or simply glossed
over it. Unfortunatley, he quit our company and I'm not in touch with
him, and hence this post.

Sonja writes:

Jayaseelan, that is the only way I choose to write it, never ever will I
have a screen "appear" in my manuals, it is always displayed. (I'm South
African. If it is the right way? I don't know, but it's always been
done that way in our company, and personally I prefer to use it.

"With the so and so screen displayed, click on the open button."

Or "After selecting the open option, the new screen will be displayed"

Ny 0.02 cents.....


Sonja Marnewick
Senior Training Officer


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