Re: Press this, or just Press

Subject: Re: Press this, or just Press
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 07:30:56 +1100

Milan Davidovic wrote:

My apologies if a question of this sort has recently
been covered; I've obviously missed it.
This question is intended for tech writers who create
call outs that instruct the reader to press a button
(or some such) illustrated in the figure, and draw a
line with an arrow from the call out to the button in
question.

The question: in the call out, do you write "Press to
<do x>" or "Press this to <do x>". I'm curious as to
whether you regard the inclusion of "this" as
redundant.


We specifically tell writers not to use
callouts to an illustration to give
instructions, preferring instead to
provide tasks that incorporate the GUI
instructions. If I were working in an
environment that did so, however, I'd
probably just say "Does X" given that
most readers will know that buttons are
invoked by pressing.

-- Janice

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