RE: Burning CDs and Keys

Subject: RE: Burning CDs and Keys
From: Kim Roper <kim -dot- roper -at- vitana -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 11:53:35 -0400

"Burn" has permanent feel to it. "Write" doesn't imply permanence in the
digital world.

This issue started with (or was perpetuated by) the programming of EPROM and
EEPROM devices, long before inexpensive CD writers hit the market.

Cheers ... Kim
kim -dot- roper -at- vitana -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: John Cornellier [mailto:tw -at- cornellier -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 4:51 AM
Subject: Re: Burning CDs and Keys

Kelli wrote

> "Burn" is the sort of slang that doesn't
> belong in technical writing.

It's the kind of slang up with which I will not put!

> I have sections on CD burning in a manual
> I'm authoring for a different product
> and I don't use any form of the word "burn.

But you just did!

It's what everybody says, so it must be correct, eh? One of the most popular
CD [recording | engraving | burning] softwares is called Nero Burning CD
ROM. Their logo features flaming CDs flying through space.

It's a new technology; we need some new vocab. We fish around in our analogy
pool, and what do find: Writing? Engraving? Burning?

How is more "correct" than the other, especially given the etymology of the
word "write"?

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