Re: Select, choose, click style guide

Subject: Re: Select, choose, click style guide
From: Geoff Lane <geoff -at- gjctech -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 06:49:08 +0100

On Wednesday, September 24, 2008, Janice Gelb wrote;

> _Read Me First_ has a chapter dedicated to writing
> about graphical user interfaces, plus a table of GUI
> terminology. Our preferred usage is choose for menus,
> select for lists, and click for buttons. We just say
> "click," not "click on."

WRT choosing vs clicking menu items, I'm comfortable with either: "On
the File menu, click Open" or "From the File menu, choose Open".

One company I worked for insisted on "From the File menu, click Open",
which somehow seemed very wrong. However, that's what their style
guide demanded so that's what I wrote for that customer! Consistency
is the most important thing IMO - that all tech writers working on a
product set use the same style.



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Select, choose, click style guide: From: Rob Hudson
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