Posted by: episystechpubs | July 10, 2014

Nifty Nuggets: Keyboard Terms

Please refer to these guidelines when writing about keyboard terms. The guidelines in black font are from the JHA Style Guide for Technical Communication and Training and the one in blue font is a Symitar standard.

Guideline Example
Use the word press to describe pressing a key on a keyboard.

Do not use the words hit, strike, or punch.

Press Enter.
Only use the words the and key with the key name at first mention if necessary for clarity. Press the Delete key. After you press Delete, click Submit.
Use the plus sign between keys to show a key combination. Press Ctrl+Shift.
Use the word type to describe what the user is typing on the keyboard.

Do not use the word enter.

At the PowerOn specfile prompt, type RB.INSURANCE.FROM.TABLES, and then press Enter.

Thank you,

Jackie Solano

Technical Writer, Episys Technical Publications


8985 Balboa Avenue

San Diego, California 92123

Direct Line: 619-542-6711

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