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Subject:Re: Dialogue or dialog? From:edunn -at- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Thu, 16 Nov 2000 11:36:08 -0500
This is a US vs. UK vs. CAN question. Seeing as you are from the UK, I'd suggest
you look at who your audience is. If you are writing for a UK audience, will
they appreciate your using the correct British spelling or will they be confused
because they have been inundated with unlocalised US publications? What ever you
choose make sure you do it consistently. If you use "dialogue", you'd better use
the Brit. version of all the other 'our' vs. 'or' and 'ise' vs. 'ize' spellings.
It may be unfortunate, but if your audience will include Americans (U.S. ones
that is) you'll probably be best using the U.S. spellings if you aren't going to
produce a separate U.S. version of the docs. I've found Americans to be less
accepting of the variations in English than Canadians or the British.
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