Re: Most annoying words

Subject: Re: Most annoying words
From: "Leila Meyer" <leilameyer -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2006 12:47:54 -0800

I like "enable" much better than "allow", as in "This feature allows the
user to...".

To me, allowing users to accomplish a task sounds like we're giving them
permission, which seems a bit condescending. However, enabling users implies
that we're empowering them.

But either one is better than "This feature presents the user with the
potential opportunity to...". ;-)

Leila Meyer

On 3/2/06, doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com> wrote:
> Another one that has a long history with techwriters and editors: enable
> As in: This features enables the user to ...
> Sheesh, talk about ambition! The feature may be designed to do this
> thing,
> but the user is a complete other story.

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