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Subject:Re: appears vs is displayed From:Don Smith <dsmith -at- ACCESSBEYOND -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 25 Mar 1997 10:32:39 EST
Question, Robin -
When you "click Add....", does it appear?
If you think that's like magic, then I guess in a way it is.
My point is, when you click Add, it *does* appear. Why worry about
I like to say instead, something like, "Access the Add Gizmo menu by
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Subject: appears vs is displayed
Author: robin -dot- m -dot- allen -at- worldnet -dot- att -dot- net at INTERNET
Date: 3/25/97 9:25 AM
I'm in the middle of a raging debate among several tech writers about
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 magic. Any