Too informal?

Subject: Too informal?
From: Rikki Nyman <c1043 -at- AZFMS -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 09:19:33 -0700


New question concerning table design -- heading labels to be precise.

The document:

I am working on a reference document. In one section, each screen capture of
the GUI is on the left page. Each element is numbered. On the facing page, I
have placed a description of the screen and its purpose. Underneath the
description, there is a table. The column headings are number, element name,
description and "Does this..." The number is the number on the facing page;
the element name is button, menu bar, screen name, etc.; description is a
generally the specific name; and the "Does this..." is a states exactly what
the button does and where it goes.

The audience:

Ordinary, non-technical types.

The issue:

Is the "Does this..." too informal?

What do you think?

How informal or formal do we have to be? What kind of guidelines do you use

Thanks again for the benefit of your thousand years of experience!

Rikki Nyman

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