Re: Computer instruction in the present tense

Subject: Re: Computer instruction in the present tense
From: David Demyan <concord -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 1995 06:28:43 -0700

Peggy Thompson wrote:

> When you are writing computer instruction, do you write in the
> present tense; for example:
(snip)
> I have read that such instruction should be written in the
> PRESENT tense. What do you out there in the trenches do, and
> why?

It has gotten to the point that I'll use whatever search and replace
I have available in the software I'm using to search for every
future construction I can find and replace with a present tense
construction. Future is almost never warranted. Reason: present
tense is clearer in meaning. Busy readers need every break they
can get.

Dave Demyan *** Mendem Concord, Inc.
(908) 753-8500 *** One Mountain Blvd.
concord -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com *** Warren, NJ 07059
FAX: (908) 754-8224


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