RE: Display, Displays, or Appears

Subject: RE: Display, Displays, or Appears
From: "Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2008 23:36:12 -0700

This is the subject that wouldn't die. I took a brief look at the archives
and found this subject in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005,
2007 (I think that I joined in that discussion), and 2008. The thread in
2000 morphed into a discussion of Active v. Passive voice and a 2008
Active-Passive discussion morphed into a Displays v. Appears discussion. I
really don't know why the thread didn't appear or display in 1993, 1994,
from 2002 to 2004, or in 2006, but maybe I just didn't see it in the 1609
hits I had for "displays" that, for the first 90, were relevant.

Personally, I choose whatever term causes the least amount of grief in
dealing with my clients. If they have a rule about "displays or appears,"
then I use that rule. Otherwise, I pick whatever feels right for the moment
and go with that. The window pops up(drops down), opens(closes),
displays(hides), is displayed(is concealed), appears(disappears),
unhides(hides again), is forced to submit to my commands(cowers and runs
away), flies-in(flees), and does any number of things depending on my
mood(does nothing).



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