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How about if the intent is to inform that it's a side-effect of pressing
ENTER that changes will be saved? But that the primary purpose of the
ENTER pressing is something else entirely? Does it then become
I know it's a somewhat farfetched scenario, but that's kind of the sense
I got reading the original example.
-----Original Message----- From: Leonard Porrello
I'm not sure why, in instructions, you would ever say, "After you press
ENTER...." Instead wouldn't you want to use an imperative: "Press
ENTER." From that, "changes are saved" or "the application saves your
changes" follows. And as Dan suggests, "Press ENTER to save your
changes" would be best.
I would use the future perfect only in introductory material, a theory
of operation doc, or requirements documentation. I can see no place for
it in step by step instructions.
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