RE: Overuse of gerunds in headings

Subject: RE: Overuse of gerunds in headings
From: "VERKERKEN Wouter" <Wouter -dot- VERKERKEN -at- swift -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2006 09:02:51 +0200

Hi all,

Slightly different question about the use of gerunds in headings. I have
heard that gerunds produce bad results after automatic translation. As a
Dutch native speaker I can understand that it would not be a good idea
to translate, for example, "Installing x" literally into my mother
tongue. Does anyone have input on this issue?


>Subject: Overuse of gerunds in headings
>I have worked in several Pubs departments where the standard heading
>style was defined as requiring gerunds. That works fine for
>me when the
>subject is Installing, Configuring, Restoring...stuff like that.
>However, for an introductory chapter or section, am I breaking a
>well-established standard by calling it, for example, "Introduction
>to..." or "Overview of..."? I usually see, in similar situations, that
>the author uses "Understanding ..." in order to conform to gerund
>orthodoxy. For some unknown reason, that "Understanding ..." bugs me.


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