Re: Microsoft Manual of Style questions

Subject: Re: Microsoft Manual of Style questions
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 18:58:34 +1000

Milan asked:

> That said, has anyone found discrepancies between what shows in
> Windows Help and what's in the MS style guide?

I actually believe you're serious.

Oh. My. God.

Anyway, it's e-mail, and never e-mails, and "send a message" is preferred
over "send an e-mail".

And it's drop-down -- to be used only as an adjective and only in technical
documentation when necessary. In user doc you would refer not to the
container but to the contents ("list" or whatever).

Good advice, IMO. I don't care whether something drops down or pops up or
flips somersaults. All I want to know is what the hell is in it for me.
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