RE: Re: my bad displays habit

Subject: RE: Re: my bad displays habit
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: jennysubs -at- mac -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 20:48:51 +0000

In a situation where I concluded this was necessary, I would probably prefer to use either:

1. Click on the big red button.

2. In the big red dialog box, do the next step...


1. Click on the big red button to continue to the big red dialog box.

2. Do the next step.

I would definitely use the latter if the user had multiple options (big red button, big blue button, big green button, etc.)

Gene Kim-Eng

------- Original Message -------
On 3/2/2010 7:10 PM wrote:
Just to provide yet another way to say this...

I worked where the company style was to say "You see the XYZ dialog" if you felt it was important to tell them what they were seeing.

It did keep the focus on the reader rather than the program. I found it a bit awkward at first, but got used to it.

1. Click the Big Red button.

You see the Big Red dial og box.

2. Type .....

Now, I usually just don't tell them. Depends on the audience though. I write mostly for geeks, who are annoyed by the obvious.

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