RE: "shorthand" vs. plain writing style

Subject: RE: "shorthand" vs. plain writing style
From: "Eric Schieler" <eschieler -at- nutshellcommunications -dot- com>
To: "'Yves Barbion'" <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 07:29:00 -0500



Eric M. Schieler
Nutshell Communications, Inc.
847-488-9946 Office
847-987-1331 Mobile
847-488-1643 Fax

-----Original Message-----
I'm doing some research on car repair manuals. A typical writing style here
seems to be some sort of "shorthand" English, in which articles and pronouns
are omitted. For example:

- "Remove fuel tank cover."
- "Drain fuel tank and clean fuel filler neck and surrounding area."
- "Unscrew securing bolt and remove tank flap unit with rubber cup."
- "Remove securing bolts on filler neck."
- "Ensure fuel hoses are tight."

Any thoughts/opinions about this writing style? Pros and cons? Where does
this writing style come from? Effect on the readability and translatability
of the text?


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