Re: Guidelines for using "e" in front of terms?

Subject: Re: Guidelines for using "e" in front of terms?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 12:30:56 -0800

Justin Ressler wrote:

I just wish that it could be said that "This is up to interpretation and
situation, it may depend on the company or entity that you are working for."
Then, we will move on. Arghh....

Early conditioning runs deep, I'm afraid. Many people, including many writers, never get over the indoctrination into prescriptive grammar they get in school. Even though on one level they know better than to expect a definitive answer to every grammatical question, on another level they still want one. Nor can they accept that, past a certain point, worrying over small grammatical questions doesn't improve their work.

Look at it this way: you may be bored, but you've learned better. In the future, you'll save yourself hours of time, and be more productive than those with the grammatical fetish.

To end my rant, I would like to add some creedence to my frustration. We
have spent four weeks, (12 x 50min classes) on hardcopy editing. My
instructor "is not familiar with Word or Framemaker" so there will be no
focus electronic editing or ways and means of using electronic
documentation. Arggh!!!

Don't be concerned. Editing is editing. At the risk of over-simplifying, the only differences between hardcopy and on-line editing are:

1. On-line, you may have a spelling and grammar checker. Use them, but don't imagine that your editing is over, or even accurate, after you have.

2. Practically no one edits on-line reliably. If you want to edit reliably and thoroughly, print it out.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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