Syed.Hosain wrote:

> Mike Wickham wrote:
> > Actually, the way I would write the message avoids passive voice and
> omits
> > needless words. I would write, "Updating result list. Please
> This is how I'd do it too ... :)

Likewise. And it's how Microsoft often does such status messages, so I
don't think they'd chide you. There's nothing wrong with using sentence
fragments in display (rather than narrative) text, like status and error
messages, labels, tooltips, etc. 

Or you could think of "Updating result list" as a complete sentence with
an understood/implied subject. :-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
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