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Subject:Re: appears vs is displayed From:Diane Burke <dburke -at- RIGEL -dot- TYDAC -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 25 Mar 1997 09:39:55 +0000
Robin M. Allen wrote:
>I'm in the middle of a raging debate among several tech writers
>the use of "appears" vs "is displayed," e.g.:
>"Click Add and the Add Patient window is displayed."
>"Click Add and the Add Patient window appears."
>Even though it uses the passive voice, I personally prefer "is
>displayed." To me, "appears" sounds like it happens through
I agree. We are not pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Neither does
anything disappear. It closes. Why not just: "Click Add. The Add
Patient window displays."
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