Re: Basic Voice ??s: OK for Software to "allow", "let", "enable", "pr ovide" and so forth?

Subject: Re: Basic Voice ??s: OK for Software to "allow", "let", "enable", "pr ovide" and so forth?
From: Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 16:02:26 +0100


Wrong: The fubar function lets you foul things up beyond all possibility of
recovery.
Right: The fubar function fouls things up beyond all possibility of
recovery.

Worth a thought?

Yes, but to be used with caution, especially with computers. Consider an example:

"The Reply function of WonderMail sends responses to received mail to the sender."

This could easily be understood to mean that WonderMail somehow replies to mail all by itself. In cases like this, it seems safer to write something like:

"Using WonderMail‘s Reply function, you can..." or
"To reply to received mail, use..."

In other cases, there may be no such danger of confusion.

Regards
Jan Henning

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