Re: Use of Optional in instructions

Subject: Re: Use of Optional in instructions
From: Rick Stone <rstone75 -at- kc -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 10:57:39 -0500

Personally, I think it would be clearer if written as:

1. Optionally, you may select the "Tx Inhibit" check box to block the
operator from transmitting audio.

That way as a user I know I can safely skip this step.

Cheers... Rick :)

Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com wrote:
> My question is: Is this first step optional, but step 2 is not? If so,
> I'd be more inclined to make that first step more like a Note, and the
> second step moved to first place...
>
> Note: The operator can be blocked from transmitting audio by selecting
> the Tx Inhibit check box.
>
> 1. Blah blah...
>
> -Brian H.
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Bruce Megan
>
> Hello Everyone,
>
> An interesting debate has started at my workplace... is the following
> use of "optional" acceptable? If not, any suggestions on other ways to
> 1. Select the Tx Inhibit check box, to block the operator from
> transmitting audio (optional).
>
> A SME has put forth the argument that a user may not catch the
> (optional) due to not reading the entire instruction.
>
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