RE: Which style of giving instructions is more effective?

Subject: RE: Which style of giving instructions is more effective?
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: 'Kat Kuvinka' <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>, 'Roberta Hennessey' <rahennessey -at- gmail -dot- com>, 'Ryan Pollack' <ryan -at- clicksecurity -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:38:38 +0000

Kat got an editing knife and knows how to use it....

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To: Roberta Hennessey; Ryan Pollack
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Subject: RE: Which style of giving instructions is more effective?

To restart the device, enter <command itself>

Trim some of the fat.


>
> IMHO, Restart is more active.
>
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM, Ryan Pollack <ryan -at- clicksecurity -dot- com>wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I'm debating the merits of two different styles of commands:
> >
> > "Enter the following command to restart the device:"
> >
> > (followed by the command itself)
> >
> > and
> >
> > "Restart the device by entering the following command:"
> >
> > (followed by the command itself)
> >
> > I've been flipping back & forth on these for years; now that I am
> > creating a new documentation set, I'd like to be consistent, if that
> > is even possible (or desirable).
> >
> > Any thoughts on the relative merits of each style? Situations when
> > either would be useful? etc.
> >
> > Thanks for your input!
> >
> > --
> >
> > Ryan Pollack
> > Senior Technical Writer | Click Security
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Which style of giving instructions is more effective?: From: Ryan Pollack
Re: Which style of giving instructions is more effective?: From: Roberta Hennessey
RE: Which style of giving instructions is more effective?: From: Kat Kuvinka

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