"Following" - Choice of words

Subject: "Following" - Choice of words
From: John Bell <johnb -at- C-STONE -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 1996 10:52:34 -0400

One software guide I have uses this construction quite often.
"Following are description of the fields in the Positioning tab:"
Every time I read a sentence like that I have to stop and re-read it.
It seems so awkward. I would rewrite it as "The following" and I would
also use "descriptions". (And a few other changes.)

Is it a matter of preference or is "The following ...." better/worse than "Following..."?
--- John Bell
johnb -at- c-stone -dot- com

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