software control terms

Subject: software control terms
From: "Christine Leisgen" <Christine -dot- Leisgen -at- gmgcolor -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 11:52:58 +0200

Dear all,

in the last years, I used general and short sentences for describing
software controls, for example, "click x". I remember that this usage
was recommended for technical writers some years ago.

I now realized that at least now, Microsoft uses a more "wordy"
explanation of software terms, e. g. "activate the check-box for options
x". I see that there is the advantage that it is clearer for the user
where to look for the option (it is a check box, not a drop-down list).
On the other hand, it makes documentation longer and more boring, from
my point of view.

What is your opinion on the matter?

Best regards, Christine


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