FW: Tense in Step-by-Step Procedures

Subject: FW: Tense in Step-by-Step Procedures
From: "Porrello, Leonard" <leonard -dot- porrello -at- COMPAQ -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 12:02:39 -0700

> Thom,
>
> On one hand, the first is better since we comprehend more readily in the
> present tense.
>
> On the other hand, the second is better because it address the reader
> where the reader actually is in time. Assuming that the reader reads the
> step before the reader executes the command, the appearance of the dialog
> box occurs in the future.
>
> A third alternative is: "Click on the Postings button to cause the Posting
> dialog box to appear."
>
> Leonard Porrello
> Compaq, Telecom Network Solutions
> Pubs, Omaha
> 402.384.7390
>
>
> Which is better:
> 1. Click on the Postings button. The Posting dialog box appears.
>
> Or:
> 1. Click on the Postings button. The Posting dialog box will appear.
>

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