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Subject:Re: Pls snd citations re title User Guide From:"Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Sat, 31 Aug 2002 08:09:14 -0400
"Ruby Isaacs" <ruby -at- quendi -dot- ca> wrote:
>Will you please send me any citations from a style guide, dictionary or other reference material that recommends the title User Guide?
Well, I just glanced up at the shelf over my desk and say a row of Adobe manuals all of which say "User Guide." It's a usage I prefer myself, as I think of such a volume as a guide _for_ a single user, the current reader, rather than a guide _belonging to_ the user. It's a frame of reference thing. But I recognize that others may differ.
As with all such style questions where there is no one correct answer, the choice is arbitrary. You should choose a style and stick to it rather than wasting time worrying about it.
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