RE: The 'user' in User Manual

Subject: RE: The 'user' in User Manual
From: "Lauren" <lt34 -at- csus -dot- edu>
To: "'Flood, Donna'" <DFlood -at- eoriginal -dot- com>, "'Steve Read'" <steve -at- readonly -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 17:12:15 -0800

I'm fine with that. I use the convention of my client, unless it's really
lame, then I change it. My examples were for the verb tense, so your first
example would apply to my example.



From: Flood, Donna [mailto:DFlood -at- eoriginal -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 2:33 PM
To: Lauren; Steve Read
Cc: Techwr-l
Subject: RE: The 'user' in User Manual

I use "login" as a noun, and "log in" as a verb.

"Log in, and the system will display...."


"The login and the system will display...."

Donna Flood
Technical Writer
eOriginal, Inc.


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Sent: Mon 2/12/2007 5:11 PM
To: 'Steve Read'
Cc: 'Techwr-l'
Subject: RE: The 'user' in User Manual

If the sentence stands alone and the passage makes no reference to this
being directed to a new user setup, then there is ambiguity, but the
ambiguity is in the passage and not the sentence. I haven't read the
passage that this sentence should support, but my guess is that it could
read as follows.

In an administration document:
"Setup the new user. Have the new user login. The system displays the new
user welcome message at the first successful login."

In a user document:
"Login and the system will display the new user welcome message after the
first successful login."


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