Posted by: episystechpubs | March 29, 2017

Editor’s Corner: How to Write About Buttons

A button is a rectangular object that, when clicked, carries out a command. A button may be labeled with text, an icon, or both. Here are some images of buttons:

In general, if a button has a text label, refer to the button only by its label (without the word button). For example, “click OK” or “click Paste.”

If a button has no text label, you can include an image of the icon before the button name, if necessary for clarity (for example, “click Decrease Indent”). Do not include images for buttons with a text label.

Unless you are writing for novice computer users, it is not necessary to include images for commonly used buttons like Save or Close, even though they do not have text labels.

In fact, when writing for intermediate users, you might not need to mention these buttons at all. Most readers can understand instructions like, “Save the document to your desktop” or, “Close the Options dialog box” without further explanation.

Ben Ritter | Technical Editor | Symitar®
8985 Balboa Avenue | San Diego, CA 92123
619-682-3391 | or ext. 763391 | www.Symitar.com

Symitar Documentation Services

NOTICE: This electronic mail message and any files transmitted with it are intended
exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. The message,
together with any attachment, may contain confidential and/or privileged information.
Any unauthorized review, use, printing, saving, copying, disclosure or distribution
is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please
immediately advise the sender by reply email and delete all copies.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: