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: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 16:10:36 -0400

On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 3:37 PM, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> wrote:
> Good cheap click save 2 words better translate easy. All language good.

Well, there is minimalist writing, and there being so minimalist that
the user can't understand what you've written. But when you're
debating "Click Save" versus "Click on the Save button." I don't see
that three extra words make a whole lot of difference in clarity, but
they do add up when it comes to cost per word to translate.
Especially if you have an extensive doc set.

I just found it interesting that we had this whole long thread about
why you do it one way or another, and no one mentioned that
localiation costs could be a factor in why company A does one thing in
their Style Guide and company B does something completely different.

My 2 cents.

Julie Stickler

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