Re: Click X, or click the X button?

Subject: Re: Click X, or click the X button?
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: jennysubs -at- mac -dot- com
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 15:17:05 -0400

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 3:37 PM, <jennysubs -at- mac -dot- com> wrote:
> How do you describe button actions?
> I was trained to use the full "click the XYZ button," but recent style
> seems to be "Click XYZ."

At my first full time TW gig we translated into 12 languages. At
approximately a dollar a word, writing "Click Save" instead of "Click
on the Save button." made a huge difference in our translation costs.
When we were bought by a company that translated into 32 different
languages, it made an evern bigger difference.

If you localize, you write to save money on your translation costs.
If you don't, pick whichever style seems to work for you. And then be

Julie Stickler

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