Technical Communication:
Writing About Graphical User Interfaces (Read Me First! 14)


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  1. This chapter urges writers to write about tasks rather than about manipulation of the GUI. Which of the following adheres to that guideline?
    To open the Compose dialog, move your mouse pointer over the Compose menu item and and left-click that item.
    To open the Compose dialog, click Compose.
    To start an e-mail message, click Compose.

  2. If a field name in a GUI is written in all capital letters or in sentence style (first word init-capped only), what should you do?
    Leave it as is; any variation from what's in the interface will confuse readers.
    Change to title case (first letter of all main words).
    Change to all caps.
    Change to sentence-style caps (first letter of the first word only, except for proper nouns).

  3. What highlighting or emphasis should you use for menu names or field names?
    None
    Italics
    Bold
    Alternate font

  4. If a menu name, menu option, or field name ends with a colon or ellipsis points, what should you do?
    Leave it as is; any variation from what's in the interface will confuse readers.
    Remove the ellipsis points and the colons.
    Remove the ellipsis points but not the colons.
    Remove the colons but not the ellipsis points.

  5. Which of the following is the preferred plural for "mouse" (the pointing device, not the rodent)?
    Mice
    Mouses
    Mouse devices
    Pointing devices

  6. Which term should you use to refer to the indicator on the screen that shows the current location of the mouse?
    Cursor
    Pointer
    Cursor or pointer

  7. Which is correct: "click" or "click on"?
    Click
    Click on

  8. Which of the following is the preferred term for the region of a window that shows the name of the application currently running?
    Background
    Title bar
    Menu name
    Menu

  9. What's wrong with this sentence: Choose Layers from the Windows menu to display the Layers dialog box?
    Bold should be used for both occurrences of "Layers."
    The word "select" should be used instead of "choose."
    The sentence focuses on the GUI rather than on the user's task.
    The sentence focuses on the user's task rather than on the GUI.
    Italics should be used for both occurrences of "Layers."

  10. Which of the following uses the correct typography for referring to a web address?
    For useful links on XHTML, CSS, and XML, go to www.prismnet.com/~tcm/etwr2473/resources.html.
    For useful links on XHTML, CSS, and XML, go to www.prismnet.com/~tcm/etwr2473/resources.html.
    For useful links on XHTML, CSS, and XML, go to www.prismnet.com/~tcm/etwr2473/resources.html
    For useful links on XHTML, CSS, and XML, go to WWW.IO.COM/~TCM/ETWR2473/RESOURCES.HTML.

  11. Which of the following is this chapter's recommendation on handling long web addresses?
    Show only the first portion of the URL, and in the following paragraph explain the rest of the navigation.
    Don't show any portion of the URL; in a regular paragraph, describe each step of the navigation that users must follow.
    Break the long URL at the forward slash that occurs nearest the right margin, and continue the rest of the URL on the next line.

  12. Which of the following states the correct capitalization for variations of "web" as shown in the text of this chapter?
    Use lowercase in all instances: web, the web, web browser.
    Use initial cap only when referring to the actual global networked system: the World Wide Web, the Web, web browser.
    Use uppercase in all instances: Web, the Web, Web browser.

  13. Which of the following states the recommended type style for URLs?
    Monospace
    Italics
    Bold
    All-caps

  14. Which of the following explains the correct use of "choose" and "select"?
    Use "select" to open a menu or initiate a command; use "choose" to tell readers to choose all text in a window or to pick something from a list.
    Use "choose" to open a menu or initiate a command; use "select" to tell readers to select all text in a window or to pick something from a list.
    These two words are synonymous and can be used in place of each other.

  15. What's wrong with this sentence: For more, see http://www.prismnet.com/products?
    The URL should not end the sentence.
    This particular URL should be introduced with "at" or "on."
    The text should explain what's available at the URL.
    The URL should be placed on a separate line; the lead-in should be punctuated with a colon.



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