Re: (tangent) "Click" or "click on" the GUI button?

Subject: Re: (tangent) "Click" or "click on" the GUI button?
From: Philip Borenstein <philip -at- WORLD -dot- STD -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 1994 20:06:32 GMT

Ken d'Albenas <kendal -at- autotrol -dot- cuc -dot- ab -dot- ca> writes:

>When an application has on-screen "buttons" (or "icons") that the
>user can trigger with a mouse click, which do you write:

> (a) "Click on the <icon_name> button."
> or
> (b) "Click the <icon_name> button?"

Apple's Publications Style Guide (Feb 1994) says to use the form
"Click the Destroy Jupiter' button"
"Click Revert to age backwards"

They recommend not using "click on," but give no reason. I assume it jars
the metaphor.

The phrase "click in" is reserved for clicks in specific regions--scroll
bars, title bars, grow boxes, etc.

The word "press" is reserved for buttons in the real world. ("Press the
mouse button.")

philip -at- world -dot- std -dot- com

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