I work as a web developer, and often times have to instruct someone to open some page. I usually write "Navigate to https://example.com/something", but I feels a bit pretentious. On the other hand I want to use professional language, so I'm not sure about other alternatives like "open a page ...", "go to ...". What would be the correct verb to use in this case?
Being consistent is key.
I recommend using "open xyz in a web browser".
Or, when the content makes it clear that you are referring to a web browser, just using "open xyz" works well.
"Go to" is my second choice, but I agree that it sounds a bit colloquial. I will use it only when using "open" may cause confusion. The primary example of this is when you are instructing someone to "go to" a web page to "open" a file.
The term "surf" is dated and never really made much sense.
"Navigate" is best left for tasks that require multiple steps or when greater complexity is involved.
Access is often used with websites. Cambridge defines it as meaning:
to open a computer file (= a collection of stored information), a website, etc. in order to look at or change information in it
- Most people use their phones to access the internet.
GNgram records the expression access a website as very commonly used:
A side benefit is that one may copy & paste it verbatim into a MacOS X terminal and it does the right thing: opens the URL in the person's default browser.
For those on OS without
open, it's possible to create aliases that do the same thing. All of this may then be wrapped up in your style guide for consistent experiences in both your documentation and in developer/user experience.
"Make your way to https://example.com/something",
To navigate or find one's way to or toward something or some location.