Re: Key-whacking

Subject: Re: Key-whacking
From: Kelly Hoffman <kelly -at- NASHUA -dot- HP -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 1994 11:19:52 EST

Dianne Phelan <dphelan -at- MANTOS -dot- COM> writes:

> Have you seen the
> poster of the duck with a mallet raised over the
> keyboard (caption is "Hit any key to continue")?

Yes, and this reminds me of another of my PC peeves -- that
"any key to continue" business. Any key, that is, except the
Shift key, Ctrl key, Alt key...

> In the past, I've used _press_ for a single-key action and
> _type_ for a piece of information, as in "Press the Tab key
> and type your name."

I usually follow this convention, along with "enter <whatever>"
to mean "type <whatever>, then press the Enter key."

As others have pointed out, consistency is the important thing.

Kelly K. Hoffman kelly -at- nashua -dot- hp -dot- com
Learning Products Engineer
Hewlett-Packard, Network Test Division "Reading the manual is
One Tara Blvd., Nashua, NH USA 03062 admitting defeat."

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