RE: Is there a better way to word this?

Subject: RE: Is there a better way to word this?
From: <Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 13:53:50 -0700

Unless the particular document is intimately concerned with the actual
mechanics of browser information shuffling, I would suggest leaving
individual annoyance with conventional surfing lingo out of the picture.
Although, as tech writers we're here communicate a bit more precisely
than the unwashed masses, I think in the particular case of hyperlink
usage the actual experience is so much like being transported TO
somewhere and being RETURNED from there that not using common vernacular
would be mostly jarring. And some might think you're trying to say,
"Even though you've forgotten, I'm here to remind you as to what's
really going on".

-Brian H.

-----Original Message----- From: Borowik, Kristy

I really hate it when manuals say something like: "Click the x link, and
you will be returned to the x page." It's the "and you will be returned
to" part that bothers me, or when people say "Click this link and you
will be taken to (whatever)." Is there a better way to say that? After
all, the users never leave their seats! :)

I was thinking maybe something like: "The x page reappears." Any other
suggestions?

Thanks,
Kristy Borowik

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