RE: Acronyms

Subject: RE: Acronyms
From: "Newman, Sarah" <snewman -at- bechtel -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 10:38:52 -0600

>I get very annoyed with the over-use of acronyms in IT (go hard
with the
>puns, Bevan!), particularly so when the same acronym is used for
more than
>one meaning. E.g. ASP means either Application Service Provider or
>Server Page.


IT is particularly bad about acronyms, but so are other fields, particularly
engineering. Here, between the company-specific, engineering, and IT
acronyms, it's a real alphabet soup. My personal favorite, from a recent
staff meeting: "K.C. is the new CIO of the P&C GBU." I.e., K.C. (a person)
is the new Chief Information Officer of the Petroleum and Chemical Global
Business Unit. Our partial solution is to

* maintain our own acronym glossary as part of our style guide that
includes the acronyms we encounter at our company
* define all acronyms on first use and as popups in the online help
* use online sources such as to find the IT acronyms or for more general ones


Sarah Newman
Information Systems and Technology
(713) 235-3352
(281) 240-9111


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