RE: Localization Question

Subject: RE: Localization Question
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2006 11:40:18 -0400

Since "opens" can also be transitive and intransitive, it's best to use
the passive voice in this case: A window "is opened" or (my preference)
"is displayed." Either of these would be easily understood by a
translator. Sometimes, ya just gotta let go of the active voice.

I agree about "appears." Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my

-- Dan Goldstein

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dick Margulis
> Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 11:26 AM
> To: Roger Bell
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Localization Question
> The Basic Edit window opens.
> _Appears_ appears magical to some readers. "The rabbit appears." That
> is, rather than seeing the usage as normal, they might see it as
> paranormal <g,d,r>
> _Displays_ is generally construed as transitive, meaning that
> it needs an object. "The window displays your name, address, and
> social security number in a large, bold font that can be read by
> strangers twenty feet behind you." Yes, there are intransitive
> meanings of _display_: The peacock displays to attract a peahen.
> However, that is not the sense you want to apply to a virtual
> window. _Opens_ is nearly always the best choice.

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