Opinion discussion: do you say the word “button” when narrating software simulations?
Hi. I hope this kind of discussion is OK to post here.
My development is 99% software simulations. Pretty basic “watch this workflow” type videos.
IMHO: saying the word button sounds outdated and it adds zero educational value.
Example: “Click the Home button, then click the Add button, enter your information in the required fields, then click the Save button. It is best practice to always sign off when you are done; click the Sign Out button.”
I change to: Click home, then Add. Complete the required fields and Save. It is best practice to always Sign Out when you are done.”
The Learner is literally watching the mouse move on-screen…saying button over and over just adds to the narration, insults the intelligence of your audience and create semantic satiation to drive you bonkers when you’ve said it 20 times in a video!
I am just the Developer so I don’t have a lot of juice to change content but I would love some ammo. Or change my mind. Whichever!