RE: Rules for i.e. & e.g.

Subject: RE: Rules for i.e. & e.g.
From: Steve Peter <speter -at- wolfram -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 10:20:01 -0500 (CDT)

On Fri, 6 Apr 2001, Dannette Thompson wrote:

> I'll second Doug's clarification of the difference, and say that I agree
> with many of the people who recommended against using either. However, I
> will say that as a rule in my documentation, I will use them when enclosing
> extra, non-essential information in parentheses. I will not use them in
> non-parenthetical text.

Also consider if (some portion of) your readers are non-native speakers of
English. I prefer to write out the phrase, even in parenthetical text,
since it will be one less thing the non-native speaker has to think about.

Steve Peter
Senior Technical Writer
Wolfram Research


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