Style guide for GUI elements wanted

Subject: Style guide for GUI elements wanted
From: Robert Fekete <fekete77 -dot- robert -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:38:37 +0200

Hi Everyone,

I am running into some problems with our GUI designer about how the
texts visible on the user interface of our product should be worded -
I mean menu items, radio button labels, action buttons, error
messages, anything and everything.
Could you recommend any good
books/style-guides/articles/studies/whatever that I can cite as
The books I have about writing focus mostly on writing manuals or for
the web, and the usability books I've found don't really address this
topic (though I believe they should).

Me and my writer colleague are getting tired about arguing about stuff
like why a verb should be included on an action button or why we want
to use imperatives in text field labels.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Robert Fekete

Obviously, the underlying problem is that it is not decided who has a
final say about GUI texts - we are working on this as well.

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