Re: ISO 26514 draft ready for comment [long]

Subject: Re: ISO 26514 draft ready for comment [long]
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 14:10:58 -0400

Dan Goldstein wrote:

By the time I got to Section 4 (Definitions), I was already discouraged.
Why is nothing capitalized? Why is the indefinite article only
occasionally used? Why wasn't the text checked for obvious errors (e.g.
section 4.35)?

None of these would matter if we were talking about one writer's work.
Everyone's entitled to some flexibility, and no one's immune to error.
But when it comes to international *writing* standards, I would hope to
find nothing that a competent English teacher would red-line.

It goes without saying that there are additional English errors in the
document. I'm sure that someone on the COPYEDITING-L list could be hired
to find and correct them.

I logged 108 comments. It took longer than I hoped it would. But if everyone just throws up their hands in disgust and quits without submitting comments, the working group will conclude that that it's okay as is. Next thing you know, Dan, you'll be working for someone of a bureaucratic mindset who slaps the standard down in front of you and tells you to follow it to the letter.


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