Re: grammar survey

Subject: Re: grammar survey
From: "Peter Ring, PRC" <prc -at- ISA -dot- DKNET -dot- DK>
Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 14:15:39 +1

Christa Hutchings asked us:

> Vote for your favorite:
> 1) When finished, press END.
> 2) When done, press END.
> 3) Press END when finished.
> 4) Press END when done.

No. 3) and 4) are out: A L W A Y S "condition before action"!
Example: "Press the red FIRE button if you want to start a nuclear
war". If you are stressed, in a hurry, and within a long procedure,
you have pressed it before you read the condition.

I prefer No. 2 because it is shorter with a max. word length of 5
characters and an average of 4 characters. But in some contexts,
"done" may be misunderstod.

Greetings from Denmark

Peter Ring
PRC (Peter Ring Consultants)
- specialists in user friendly manuals and audits on manuals.
prc -at- isa -dot- dknet -dot- dk
- the "User Friendly Manuals" website with links, bibliography, list
of prof. associations, and tips for technical writers:
- text cleaning software, e.g. for reading difficult e-mails:

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