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> 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
> Which is better:
> 1. Click on the Postings button. The Posting dialog box appears.
> 1. Click on the Postings button. The Posting dialog box will appear.