Re: Voice Prompts

Subject: Re: Voice Prompts
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: "Bruce Megan \(ST-CO/MKW-NA\)" <Megan -dot- Bruce -at- us -dot- bosch -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 20:39:21 -0400

In the past, I have done a few documents with voice prompts. None were my original work and were either modifying what someone else produced or picking up the remains that someone partially finished due to various reasons.

One was mostly a flowchart so they were stylized to show this was the voice prompt. Nothing "non-voice" was in the same box as the voice prompt to avoid confusion.

One of the first simply placed the prompts in quotes. After all, it was quoting what the machine said. However, that gets old and is harder to read, unless you change fonts also if the document is long.

Another italicized all voice messages.

Consistency is the key. You will run into very few English majors reading your work but lots of internet grammar Nazis who will note the inconsistency.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Bruce Megan (ST-CO/MKW-NA)" <Megan -dot- Bruce -at- us -dot- bosch -dot- com>
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Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 3:42 PM
Subject: Voice Prompts

Hello All,
I am beginning a technical manual for a product that uses voice prompts to program. So, the user will enter the programming mode, push a button and hear two options. They push once or twice for the option choice.
Once selected a voice prompt verifies their choice and then moves onto the next programming prompt.

In writing out the voice prompt, what do you use to define that this is the voice prompt? You know, like italicizing the result of an action. Since this is a technical manual, I think I'd like to stay away from quote marks.


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