RE: backward compatible

Subject: RE: backward compatible
From: Beth Scudder <beth_scudder -at- retek -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 11:31:58 -0600

I'm not any too sure on this one. However:

(1) Backward, not backwards or backwardly.

(2) It would probably be much better to avoid the "backward" issue
altogether:
"The TinWoodman4 heart is fully compatible with the latest patch for
TinWoodman3."

--Beth Scudder

-----Original Message-----
From: Carnall, Jane [mailto:Jane -dot- Carnall -at- compaq -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 8:46 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: backward compatible


En avant!

>The TinWoodman4 heart is fully backward compatible with the latest patch
for TinWoodman3.<

Should this be backwards compatible? (Or backwardly compatible?)

I've been searching the net for backward compatible, backwards compatible,
and backwardly compatible. The most common usage seems to be the first:
backward compatible.

Is it always acceptable simply to say that something is "backward
compatible" with something else?

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer, Compaq, France
Unless stated otherwise, these opinions are mine, and mine alone.


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