Re: Procedural syntax: "Click to expand" vs. "Expand by clicking"

Subject: Re: Procedural syntax: "Click to expand" vs. "Expand by clicking"
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Yves Barbion" <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 07:40:01 -0800

I think it would depend on the context. If this step is preceded by
an introduction that has already guided the user to the folder in such
a way that the user already knows that the objective is to get into
the folder, I would go with A. If not, I would go with B. And I
would ensure that the style of instruction is consistent throughout
the document/s.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message ----- From: "Yves Barbion" <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>

Hello techwhirlers,

just wondering, which do you prefer (and why):

[A] Click the plus sign to expand the folder.


[B] Expand the folder by clicking the plus sign.

Any references to style guides, maybe? I checked the Microsoft Style Guide for Technical Pubs (Procedural syntax) but did not really find an answer there.


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Procedural syntax: "Click to expand" vs. "Expand by clicking": From: Yves Barbion

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