Re: Can software have human attributes?
A wise, renowned technical communications author and consultant once said in a presentation that "anthropomorphism has no place in technical writing..."
But that was yesterday; times change; language changes.
My audience anthropomorphizes when they speak about object
technology. Objects live and die, have behaviors and
responsibilities, know things. If I do not anthropomorphize
in my technical writing, I cannot communicate effectively
with my target audience.
So the old maxims remain trustworthy.
* Never say never.
* Know your audience.
Go figure, huh? ;-)
Another wisea** old biddy puttin' in her two cents!
susanwg -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com
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