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Using the panel on the left side, the user specifies the values of/for the context variables required to match the rule.

When you enter the values of something, you enter value for it, or you enter the value of it?

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  • It is more proper to say "left-hand side", not "left side". Aug 17, 2015 at 15:55
  • Also, it's unclear what is required to match - variables or values. Aug 17, 2015 at 15:55
  • @VictorBazarov it refers to values or the matter that they should have value, I may should say, specifies the values of context variables, which are required to match the rule.
    – Ahmad
    Aug 17, 2015 at 16:03
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    Either preposition is fine. You've asked several questions which are bordering on "proofreading" in the context of your technical "documentation". Personally, I think you'd do better spending some time reading more general advice about how to write clearly and concisely. For example, ...specifies the context variable values that match the rule or ...specifies context variable values matching the rule include less irrelevant "padding". Aug 17, 2015 at 18:05
  • @FumbleFingers do you know good source for that? I mean book, something..
    – Ahmad
    Aug 17, 2015 at 18:25

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I think that if those variables already have values, then those values are of the variables. If the variables have indeterminate values to begin with, and the user is supposed to enter something, which will be independently validated, perhaps, then those values are for the variables.

So, I vote for for in this case.

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  • Yes the user should provide the values for them.
    – Ahmad
    Aug 17, 2015 at 16:04
  • On the subject of validation, when a value is given by the user, is there a procedure that verifies whether the value is in the required range or any other criteria? If so, that value does not become the value of the variable until/unless it is accepted. If that's so, then for is better, I think. Aug 17, 2015 at 16:23
  • Not actually, there is no emphasis on the validation. We can suppose whatever the user provides is assigned to the variable.
    – Ahmad
    Aug 17, 2015 at 16:26
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    Then there is no difference, really. Aug 17, 2015 at 16:27

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