Re: click to add

Subject: Re: click to add
From: "Wayne J. Douglass" <wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 11:29:48 -0800

At 02:06 PM 3/26/97 -0400, Steven Warren wrote:
> --Geoff Hart said,"Just to throw another log on the fire... I'd actually
> prefer to see most of the imperative instructions we've
> seen during this thread reversed: Rather than "Click Y to
> do X", go with "To do X, click Y". (Rationale: Provide
> context before details. Relevant jargon: "metadiscourse",
> "using advance organisers", etc.)
>
> This is an interesting point because there are two standards.
> One would include Microsoft standards of To do x, click x. This
> is universal through microsoft documentation. Then again I've always
> been taught to write in active voice (click x, to do x)
>
> I feel the writer can go either way.
>
Am I missing something? Both examples are active voice.

--Wayne Douglass

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