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Subject:What does a window do??? From:Nancy Smith <smithcds -at- ICI -dot- NET> Date:Wed, 14 Jul 1999 17:48:15 -0400
I've been doing tech writing for more than 17 years and I am one who cringes
when I read "The ABC Window displays." I had hoped it was a matter of
concientious writers' trying too hard to stay in active voice -- even to the
point of using a transitive verb incorrectly as an intransitive verb!
On the other hand, I don't want to be one of those dyed-in-the-wool purists
who cannot change with the times -- when that is appropriate.
When I asked one technical writer where she learned to say that, she thought
she had learned it in a course at a big university.
So, folks -- what's the latest, greatest, most appropriate expression to use
in a procedure to indicate that the software is responding to the user
action and "Behold -- The window --- !" (does what???)
And, can you point me to an authoritative source for whatever your answer