RE: creating funny TLAs - rant warning

Subject: RE: creating funny TLAs - rant warning
From: "Jane Carnall" <jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2001 16:37:39 +0100

Marguerite Krupp wrote rightly:
>Would that there were only *THREE-LETTER* TLAs!!!
>I am on a personal (and lonely) campaign to have people spell out what
>acronyms mean at least once in any utterance in any medium. Bad enough in
>industry fraught with acronyms anyway, but this is getting ridiculous -
>especially within a company that is an amalgam of acquired companies, each
>with its own set of internal acronyms.

Actually, I agree with you (and my post was at least partly
tongue-in-cheek). One of the basic things I do in every manual where I have
the power to do it is create a glossary of all the acronyms used in the
manual (*all* of them, even ones people normally never spell out, like URL)
and spell out their meaning.

I fell into a similiar situation at Compaq, where there were inherited
acronyms from Digital, current acronyms from Compaq, industry-specific
acronyms from telecom and from UNIX, and a few acronyms that the team I
worked with had simply made up.

>Sheesh, Jane! Don't go creating more of the ! -at- #$%^&*!! things!! Even in

Oops. Sorry to have triggered your rant button.

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer, Digital Bridges, Scotland
Unless stated otherwise, these opinions are mine, and mine alone.


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