Re: Style Guides?

Subject: Re: Style Guides?
From: Dean Elzinga <elzinga -at- INFERENCE -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 1994 18:56:57 PST

"The dialog appears," is not passive. The dialog is the agent which
performs the appearance. It is intransitive, but it is not passive.
Other pertinent details (such as the computer explanation of WHY the
thing appears) do not change the grammatical sense.

"The dialog is displayed," is passive.

Although I almost never use the passive voice, I still would prefer
either of the above choices to "the system displays the dialog."
But that's personal taste, not purism.

elzinga -at- inference -dot- com

> From: Don M Chaffee <dchaffee -at- WORLD -dot- STD -dot- COM>

> "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.

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