Posted by: episystechpubs | August 26, 2014

Nifty Nuggets: Verb Tense

Per the JHA Style Guide for Technical Communication and Training, use the present tense rather than the future tense for documentation.

  • Example
  • Incorrect:
    • This parameter will allow you to change an alternate rate for FDIC insurance on accounts with a balance in excess of the maximum.
    • When you press Enter, a warning message will appear.
    • This enhancement will add additional editing options to the PowerOn Deluxe Editor.
  • Correct:
    • This parameter allows you to charge an alternate rate for FDIC insurance on accounts with a balance in excess of the maximum.
    • When you press Enter, a warning message appears.
    • This enhancement adds additional editing options to the PowerOn Deluxe Editor.

Thank you,

Jackie Solano

Technical Writer, Episys Technical Publications

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