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Subject:RE: Log in vs. login From:<Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com> To:<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:12:05 -0800
Yes. I would opt for consistency over correctness most of the time. Even
when usage is technically incorrect, consistency "makes it correct".
I think people notice anything badly constructed, whether typos,
inconsistency, or clumsy format. And I think it leads to, even if only
subconsciously, a mistrust of the data being presented.
As far as the subject at hand, I think I see one-word usage more than
two-word, regardless of context (not that that makes it okay).
-----Original Message----- From: sphilip
Users can experience less severe emotions than a full-on bamboozling
which may yet change their attitude negatively to your product or your
Even though they might work through the inconsistencies, they may wonder
why one instance says 'X' and another says 'Y' even when both 'X' and
'Y' do the same thing. That might cause them to interrupt their
And if they waste their time figuring out that you're just being
inconsistent, they might look down their noses at your company and/or
product and buy from someone else next time.
IMO, consistency is far more important than parts of speech.
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