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Subject:Re: Selecting from, on or in From:Lee Kimmelman <leek -at- ULEAD -dot- COM -dot- TW> Date:Thu, 27 Feb 1997 18:47:08 +0800
At 12:26 PM 2/27/97 +0200, you wrote:
>From: Philip Brooke <philip -at- siriustech -dot- com>
>What is the correct terminology for describing a menu selection?
> Select Exit FROM the menu
> Select Exit ON the menu
> Select Exit IN the menu
Well, it depends. If you wish to follow the Microsoft Manual of Style, you
have these choices:
"On the xxx menu, click yyy."
"From the xxx menu, choose yyy."
The style guide goes on to say that "click" or "double-click" is preferred
over "choose" and "select."
At Ulead, our style guide for the online help is:
And for the manual, it is
"Click the xxx:yyy command"
Finally, if I may editorialize a bit, I'll conclude that all of the above
methods are acceptable as long as the standard is established and
maintained throughout the product's documentation.