RE: Gender neutral? (Take II)

Subject: RE: Gender neutral? (Take II)
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 09:39:56 -0500

Well, that's why I said "wherever possible."
-----Original Message-----
From: Hart, Geoff [mailto:Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA]
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 9:12 AM
To: Techwr-L (E-mail); Downing, David
Subject: Gender neutral? (Take II)

David Downing suggested: <<... casting the material in the second person
wherever possible, because it kills two birds with one stone. It avoid the
gender problem and addresses the user directly, thus getting rid of that
snooty academic third-person thing.>>

That works for many applications, but not where you're talking about users
whose activities are being managed by your reader.


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