Re: Using the conjunction OR in mutually exclusive options

Subject: Re: Using the conjunction OR in mutually exclusive options
From: Chris Gooch <chris -dot- gooch -at- rocketmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2011 10:55:25 +0100 (BST)


Why not just add the word 'either' - seems to be a perfectly good way of flagging an exclusive-or (aka, either-or) in English prose without needing to use XOR...
+++To open a menu, either:
- Press Alt+the key for the underlined letter in the menu name
    -or-
- Use the LEFT ARROW key or the RIGHT ARROW key to move to another menu+++
In situations where the two options really are antagonistic so you must choose one or the other and stick to it, just spell that out too.
At least, in British English that works fine.. if either-or isn't in common usage stateside let me know ;-)
Chris.
Christopher Gooch.Software Developer and Technical Writer,Sheffield, UK.http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/christopher-gooch/17/865/97a




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