Invoke or Use

Subject: Invoke or Use
From: Ellen Snell Adams <SnellAdams -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 1994 12:20:11 -0500

I'm a software documentation specialist. In my place of work, we have started
a little debate over the terms "invoke" and "use." One of my esteemed
colleagues says that she thinks the terms are synonymous. I do not. "Invoke,"
to me implies the beginning of the process... the very start, while "use"
connotes a general utilitarian verb for any time in the process.

What do other tech writers out there say? The context of the verb is this:
"when you invoke the software utility"
"when you use the software utility"

Ellen Adams
Texas Instruments
Houston, TX USA
snelladams -at- aol -dot- com
ellena -at- tolstoy -dot- sc -dot- ti -dot- com

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