Re: passive voice & appears / is displayed

Subject: Re: passive voice & appears / is displayed
From: "Susan W. Gallagher" <sgallagher -at- EXPERSOFT -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 11:44:55 -0800

Beryl Doane writes...
>Similarly, I'd like to get opinions on using "the foobar menu is displayed"
>vs
>"the foobar menu appears."

>My training and experience with PCs tells me that novices are often
>intimidated
>by computers, and that "appears" is too much like magic. While "is
>displayed" is
>passive, the reader does not need to know who/what displays the menu.

>Comments?


How'bout: The foobar window opens.

Although I don't have as much problem with "appears" as I did with
"invoke" -- a word that, to my great relief, seems to have gone out
of style!


-Sue Gallagher
sgallagher -at- expersoft -dot- com


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