Re[2]: Jargon Use

Subject: Re[2]: Jargon Use
From: CHRISTINE ANAMEIER <CANAMEIE -at- email -dot- usps -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 11:20:49 -0400


> For example, "boot" is probably in wide enough use to
> be familiar to many people, but it still has a techy
> feel to it. Novice users might be slightly intimidated
> by it, so, when writing for them, I would be inclined
> to use the more neutral "start" instead.

I agree, Bruce. I want to reduce the alienation that novice users feel, not
increase it. I can think of no reason for writing "boot" instead of "start,"
except possibly as a way to display one's geek plumage, and that's just not
appropriate in documentation.

When I talk to the other geeks around the office, I can sling jargon with the
best of them, but my "voice" when addressing end users is totally different.

Christine

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