Re: Click X, or click the X button?

Subject: Re: Click X, or click the X button?
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:45:50 -0700

"Click XYZ." That's one of the places where I part with the MS guide's
advice due to excessive wordiness. Also, these days, it's often a
hyperlink rather than a button.

For concision, I also lump different kinds of UI elements together,
for example, "Select Tools > Options > View > Restore Defaults," where
View is a dialog-box tab and Restore Defaults is a button. I don't
really like "Select" in that context, but it'll do until a better verb
comes along.

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:37 PM, <jennysubs -at- mac -dot- com> wrote:
> How do you describe button actions? Does it make a difference if
> you're writing online help vs. print/PDF?
> I was trained to use the full "click the XYZ button," but recent style
> seems to be "Click XYZ." ...

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