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Subject:RE: fwd: you or he/it From:"Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com> To:<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 21 Jun 2006 10:31:22 -0400
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> From: H Arnold
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> Subject: RE: fwd: you or he/it
> ... Too many pronouns might be hard for an ESL
> audience to parse, even if it's grammatically
> correct English.
On the contrary, I would think that an ESL reader (as Bill Swallow
suggested) might read "the user" as "not me".
>From the GNOME Documentation Style Guide chapter, "How to Write for
Translation": "Do not use personal pronouns other than *you*." [bold
face in original]
>From the IBM Style Guide: "When you are describing user actions, use a
second-person pronoun ('you')."
>From the www.plainlanguage.gov guideline, "Writing Reader-Friendly
Documents": "Use 'you' and other pronouns to speak directly to readers."
-- Dan Goldstein
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