Re: "Click-and-drag" or just "drag" -- ?

Subject: Re: "Click-and-drag" or just "drag" -- ?
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:50:21 -0700

In my world I can assume nothing, so pedantic it is.

I don't think I'd instruct them to release the mouse button, however.
They're going to have difficulty going on break (or home) if this gesture
isn't inherent.

> Chris

On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM, Kathleen MacDowell <
kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> How ponderous would it be to say
>
> You can move Tool One by clicking on it and dragging it into the desired
> position.
>
> I wouldn't add anything about releasing it; people will find out soon
> enough, unless there's something tricky about how that should happen or the
> function doesn't work correctly...
>
> I start wondering about how pedantic I need to be after I've written lots
> of descriptions like this. But the thing is, if you keep them short, you
> make sure your audience at least knows the minimal capabilities of the
> product.
>
> At least that's how I approach it. YMMV :-)
>
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com
> >wrote:
>
> > I was wondering how pedantic I need to be, and how brief I could be.
> >
> > Why wouldn't "drag" suffice?
> >
> > The audience should be computer literate.
> >
> > I am pondering just how "ponderous" I need to be.
> >
> > From: Kat Kuvinka [mailto:katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 10:06 AM
> > To: Cardimon, Craig; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > Subject: RE: "Click-and-drag" or just "drag" -- ?
> >
> > Depends on your audience and if you have attempted somewhere to teach
> them
> > what it means to drag. And drop. They should drop after dragging, yes?
> >
> > >
> > > Maybe I've been staring at this too long, but if some items need to be
> > dragged around, would you say:
> > >
> > > "Click-and-drag Tool One where you want it."
> > >
> > > Or Just:
> > >
> > > "Drag Tool One where you want it."
> > >
> > > --Craig
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Follow-Ups:

References:
"Click-and-drag" or just "drag" -- ?: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: "Click-and-drag" or just "drag" -- ?: From: Kat Kuvinka
RE: "Click-and-drag" or just "drag" -- ?: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: "Click-and-drag" or just "drag" -- ?: From: Kathleen MacDowell

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