Re: "appears" or "displays"

Subject: Re: "appears" or "displays"
From: Roy Jacobsen <rjacobse -at- GREATPLAINS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 10:41:12 -0600

The verb "display" requires an object. (Things seldom display
themselves--they display something else.)

Whatever application you're documenting "will display the imported
information in a table."

I have less trouble with saying "the information appears," but I agree that
it seems a bit "magical." I'd rather see things like this cast with some
agent performing the action on an object. "The potrzebie bloviates the
veeblefetzer." Stuff doesn't just happen, you know.

Roy M. Jacobsen
Great Plains Software
rjacobse -at- greatplains -dot- com

You've no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself, and how little I
deserve it. -- W.S. Gilbert

>Which is the correct, appears or displays? Is it a matter of preference or
>is one grammatically correct?
>1) The imported information appears in a table.
>2) The imported information displays in a table.

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