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broken? "If not even the spelling is correct, how can I trust this works correctly?" This is especially troublesome for web sites that want to hold private data. I might not even want to give you my e-mail. dead? When obvious errors remain online for a long time, this suggests that you don't care to fix them (lack of respect) you are technically ...


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If it's clear, say it in the least number of words possible. If there is no confusion, then there is no problem. "Import image" - clear. "Create app" - clear. "Add description" - clear. For further reading, I suggest the Android Writing Style.


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The book On Writing Well (a great book,) suggests making things like these plural. In the book, he talks about how to avoid the gender problem when talking about men/women. (By calling them people.) For example, when talking about a specific user, instead of saying "when he clicks on the button..." you'd say "when they click on the button...", or the passive ...


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In English, both in computers and under the blue ceiling, title-style capitalization (capitalizing first letters of nearly all words) is for titles, and sentence-style capitalization (capitalize only the first letter for the first word) is for sentences. Titles generally include headers for your documents, pages, and sections therein and labels for controls. ...


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You could consider changing the wording of the values: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups


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Yes this will leave a bad impression. And remember, first impressions are very important. I would get this corrected as soon as possible. Not only will it make the site/company look unprofessional, but it will be difficult to understand. No offense intended, but I actually had to read this question a couple times to fully understand what you were saying ...


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Spelling mistakes can have quite a large impact on your site's visitors. A quote from the Stanford Guidelines for Web Credibility Typographical errors and broken links hurt a site's credibility more than most people imagine. It's also important to keep your site up and running. Typos make your site look amateurish, just like broken links or unavailable ...


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I vote A. I read the result/s initially as result per second. Result(s) seems more natural, but I would prefer the option were you'd detect if the number is larger than 1 and change result to results. Maybe take a look here: english.stackexchange here the (s) seems to be the standard. Another option is to put it like this: Matching results: 1 With ...


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Punctuation is used to reveal the structure of written text. A period separates sentences in a paragraph. All style guides call for no punctuation in captions, titles, and headings, with the exception of question and exclamation marks. From The Oxford Guide to Style. 2002. Oxford: Oxford University Press: Do not use full point in headlines, column ...


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You should limit the label to some action word if possible. This also makes it easier if you want to replace the label with an icon. Add Create Import And if the context is ambiguous, add a descriptor. Image Contact Description There are cases where you might want to skip the action and directly use the descriptors. Eg: for login, many sites just ...


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Abdul, there is one other thing to be aware of. There are many established websites with high visitor counts that contain spelling and grammatical errors - but a spelling mistake on those sites is different from a spelling mistake on other sites (such as yours). When your site is established and well-respected (like BBC News) typos are bad, but users will ...


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Note that "I am" is also not grammatical if two people are operating the machine as a pair. Quite simply Choose destination for image: {User, Administrator, Manager} Send image to: {User, Administrator, Manager} Send image to User is not bad grammar. Rather, it is an example of the condensed dialect of English that is used in newspaper headlines and ...


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Messages should be full sentences with correct capitalization, punctuation and grammar. Mistakes to avoid ... Random capitalization of Words in the Middle of sentences. Only proper nouns - names of people and places - should be capitalized. Incorrect use of apostrophe's. Use them to indicate possession (ownership) Incorekt speeling. If you're not sure, ...


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I tend to follow these guidelines: When the sentence is in a contracted imperative form as: Choose File Select File to Upload -> the words are capitalized. When the sentence is in full form as: Please select a file to upload Browse the complete list of files -> the words aren't capitalized Mostly though, I think the choice is a design one. All lower case ...


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I would keep it as a simple message along the lines of the Android writing style guidelines (even if it isn't for mobile): Download for 1 credit? Download | Cancel It's short, to the point, and avoids words with negative connotations.


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If you are using English, then the most common way is option A. 100 matching result(s). However I would strongly discourage using this, as it makes it very difficult to internationalise your application. I would suggest finding a way of wording it that does not require a reference to a singular or plural noun. I would rather use: Matching results: ...


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I'd say this perfectly acceptable. I typically do the same thing when prompting a user to select one or more items. I just use the plural of the word, rather than add a (s) at the end. The idea here is to make it easier for the user to read and understand the label. If making it more grammatically correct makes it more confusing or more cumbersome for the ...


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Mac OS X Human Interface Guidelines: Provide direct, simple feedback that people can understand. For example, error messages should spell out exactly what situation caused the error (“There’s not enough space on that disk to save the document”) and possible actions the user can take to rectify it (“Try saving the document in another location”). ...


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It depends on your target audience and the voice you are using. You can be quite professional and yet use an informal voice. Check out http://balsamiq.com/ for an example (great tool, BTW). Contractions are part of informal communication. If you need to remain formal, then do not use them. Also understand that a seemingly easily missed contraction can ...


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Capitalise or don't capitalise? The answer is simple: follow your company's style guide. But I always tell my students: "Don't write your own company style guide, just use a published one from elsewhere." Here is an existing style guide for text (including capitalisation) by Microsoft. Here's why I advise my students to use an existing style guide: A ...


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I'm not sure that using title case (capitalizing the first letter in each word) can be described as correct or incorrect. FWIW, I have personally moved away from using title case in, say, checkboxes, radios, and list items. I now limit their use to one sentence, e.g. dialog title and button labels, e.g "Save File".


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I think your question had the right answer, in a way: The program should output: Hello World Further, how are you displaying output when it is long? The most readable tutorial would maintain the formatting regardless of the length of the output example, so if it's not in "pre" tags or set apart some other away, pick a method and stick to it ...


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Neither. In this case, we are talking about programming, and "strings". It should be specific. If we aren't putting in a "." then we shouldn't say we are going to see one, even if it's grammatically correct. When learning how to program, it is incredibly import to convey how sensitive the syntax is. Evey period (.) comma (,) semicolon (;) etc must be used ...


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According to the Yahoo! Manual of Style: In general, place periods and commas inside quotation marks. Example Kevin McKidd had starring roles in “Anna Karenina,” “Rome,” and “Journeyman.” If quotation marks are used to indicate a character or a string of characters that the user must type exactly, put any punctuation mark outside the ...


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Grammar largely depends on the language of the viewer I have a few websites that I maintain that are read around the world. Rather than paying a company to rewrite all of the copy on the sites, we've been using the Google Translate Widget to allow visitors to convert the text from English into their own language automatically. One of the things to consider ...


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In most cases buttons don't have to follow the rules of grammar. Notice they rarely have periods even when, like yours, they are complete sentences. Use the choice with the fewest words that is not ambiguous. Apply the rules of usability in preference over grammar rules. If you want to get grammatical and talk sentence construction rules. . . ...


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There's two rules of thumb I follow when approaching this kind of thing. Titles never get a full-stop. Context decides the rest. What I mean to say is that messages that intend to alert a user to a change in status get no period - indicating there hasn't been a full-stop, and that there's still something to do. Leaving out a full-stop for things like ...


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Think of it this way. It takes years of highly specialized training to become a qualified developer, but even school students are required to be able (and many are actually able) to write correctly. So writing correctly is cheaper than developing complex technical stuff like a web site. If even one of the cheapest parts can't be done right how can users not ...


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IMHO what matters most in feedback messages, like error, success, info, and warning messages, are the following items: Color symbolism, like using red for error, green for success and info, yellow for warning Consistency in the place of the messages (for example, Google shows all of its messages, in Gamil, at the top bar) Using an icon for messages (like a ...


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I find it helps to view user interaction as a conversation. If the website is passing information on to the user, in labels or within text, use "Your", e.g. "Are you sure you want to remove this event from your calendar?" If you are labelling something where the user will be driving the action (i.e. clicking on a call to action) then use "My", e.g. "My ...



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