re: you or he/it

Subject: re: you or he/it
From: "Sean Hower" <hokumhome -at- freehomepage -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 07:50:11 -0700

Anonymous Poster asked about using you.
I didn't finish reading all of the replies--there's a lot of them--so if
my solution has already been brought up, forgive. But in all the ones
that I have read, no one has suggested that you could simply adopt a
style that uses neither you nor the user. That would eliminate this
entire discussion. For example:

You can use the color picker to set the background of your pages.

can be rewritten as

Use the color picker to set the background color for pages.

Don't get me wrong, I am a big advocate of you, but a former coworker
really hated its use and so I experimented with dropping it. It really
does make for better, clear, concise writing. Now, there may be a few
occassion where you have to use you, but I'm willing to bet that you
could slip those in without anyone noticing.

Just a thought.

Sean Hower - communications specialist

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