RE: "Select" in lieu of other verbs

Subject: RE: "Select" in lieu of other verbs
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 13:53:54 -0500

> > It makes life easier for *your* audience, John. Some
> companies' users
> > prefer to be told specifically to click, touch, press the
> spacebar, etc.
> No they don't. :-) If they see a spacebar, do they need to
> be told to press? I don't think they are going to try to
> click it. They simply want to do use the software to do their
> job. Their job isn't the software.
> > Madelyn should write for her own audience, not yours or mine.
> If she knew what her audience needed, she wouldn't be having
> this problem.

Not true. She knows exactly what her audience needs. She wrote: "I
defined -- with agreement from the Human Factors manager -- 'press' for
keys on a keyboard or on the separate piece of equipment, and (with
TechWhirl's help) 'touch' for invoking visual buttons on the

> Besides...I don't think "select" is audience-specific. For
> what kind of audience would this not apply?

I too have been in situations where the customer/client/reader/user
needed a more specific action than "select" or "choose."

But OK, John, you win. You know our audiences better than we do. :-)

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"Select" in lieu of other verbs: From: Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant)
Re: "Select" in lieu of other verbs: From: John Posada
RE: "Select" in lieu of other verbs: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: "Select" in lieu of other verbs: From: John Posada

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