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Subject:Re: Style Guides? From:Don M Chaffee <dchaffee -at- WORLD -dot- STD -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 25 Jan 1994 03:15:07 GMT
mpriestley -at- vnet -dot- ibm -dot- com writes:
>Don M. Chaffee (dchaffee -at- WORLD -dot- STD -dot- COM) writes:
>>Apple Style Guide. They're the only computer company I've run across that
>>has even bothered to write a style guide. If Microsoft has one, their
>>Write in the present tense, active voice, indicative mood.
>> "The system displays the dialog box"
>> "The dialog box appears"
>An unfortunate example. I prefer the second to the first, and both are in the
>present tense, active voice, and indicative mood (or has my grammar grown
"The dialog box appears" is passive. Dialog boxes don't "appear" as
though magical. The system or application displays them. I had this rule
pounded into me by one of the best docos at this end of the galaxy, Hank
Watters. Also a good boss. Granted, it's a purist's point of view, and as
you can tell by a couple of sentences in this paragraph even us purists
don't let it get in the way of our email.
So your grammar may be a bit rusty, Michael, but considering for whom you
work, that ain't bad.