Re: "The dialog box will appear"

Subject: Re: "The dialog box will appear"
From: John Bell <jbell -at- PARAGREN -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 16:46:40 -0500

At 01:17 PM 3/21/97 -0600, Geoff Hart wrote:

> At the time, there was a slight majority in favor of
> "appears", but I'd like to revisit this debate and get some
> more feedback on the issue. Are we choosing one over the
> other based on urban legend, or based on established,
> successful techniques? I'm particularly interested in
> feedback based on usability studies or published cognitive
> psychology work... "facts", not just personal preferences.
> (Please provide references, if any!)

I get around the whole issue by saying "To display the XYZ dialog box, ....."
I have been told to always write in the present tense, thus "will appear" is
not allowed because it is future.
--- John Bell
jbell -at- paragren -dot- com

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