Re: To Gerund or Not to Gerund?

Subject: Re: To Gerund or Not to Gerund?
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 14:19:06 +1000

Tsipi Erann wrote:
> After the long intro, here are my questions:
> 1. What is your opinion on the issue?
> 2. What style guide do you use/champion regarding procedure headings?
> 3. Do you have a good alternative to both gerunds and present simple? (one
> suggestion was a "How To" statement, which some style guides [Microsoft]
> prohibit... Do you know why they do?)

The Sun style guide calls for procedure headings
to start with "To" or "How to" and headings for
general sections that are conceptual or explanatory
to use a gerund. For example:

Creating a Database
To Establish the Database Structure
To Save the Database

Modifying Your Database
To Add or Delete Fields
To Change the Field Notation
To Rearrange Field Order

Our localization group is fine with this practice.

-- Janice

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