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Thanks to all who responded to my grammar survey. The hands-down winner
was #1 (my favorite too!).
>1) When finished, press END. 11 votes
>2) When done, press END. 4 votes
>3) Press END when finished. 5 votes
>4) Press END when done. 1 vote
There were also 6 votes for various constructions of "complete", and
several who voted for both 1 and 2.
I received many interesting comments and other suggestions, such as
using "type" instead of "press," or "click" instead of "press". In
response, I will say that this is for a telephony product - the button
actually says END (not End, as someone questioned) and you do have to
"press" it (no mouse involved). I also don't like some of the longer
constructions that were suggested, such as "When you have completed the
task, press END". These procedures must go on a small quick-reference
card and real estate is an issue here, so the shorter, the better. I
also got several responses from (apparently) English professors who
admonished me for using truncated sentences, etc. Again, I have to fall
back on the real estate excuse - I just don't have room on my reference
card to use fully grammatically correct sentences. "When finished, press
END" is concise and to the point - it leaves no doubt as to what is to
be done, or when, or by whom, and it fits on my card!
Sr. Technical Writer
Home Wireless Networks, Inc.
Norcross GA (USA)
cwhutchings -at- homewireless -dot- com