Re: "Seed crystals" (was: "Regionalism" and "Another think coming")

Subject: Re: "Seed crystals" (was: "Regionalism" and "Another think coming")
From: Len Olszewski <saslpo -at- UNX -dot- SAS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 1994 16:30:06 -0500

Steve Owens quotes somebody, I forget who:

> > 2. Displays:
> > According to all my dictionaries, the verb "display" is transitive
> > unless referring to mating behaviour in birds and animals. Yet I
> > see the following usage a lot from certain sources:
> >
> > "A progress message displays in the Message Window."

> This is one I particularly don't care for, and I care even less
> for the short form of "A progress message displays." It's policy in our
> department (active "displays" vs. passive "is displayed") so I generally
> try to write around it rather than fight it.

There's a translatability issue here in using "display" as a verb,
especially if you use it elsewhere in the same document as a noun. If
you don't do that, you're ok.

Adopting a user's point of view, in the above situation, you can always
describe what the user sees. For example,

"Issue the YOYO command. You see a progress message in the Message

Or something like that.

Hey, if you think I've got all the answers, well you've got, oh, never
mind. 8-)

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