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
reference?
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

P.S.:
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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