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Subject:RE: Meaning of the slash (/) mark From:"Elayne" <sandahl -at- rogers -dot- com> To:"'C'" <cll01821 -at- lycos -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 6 Sep 2006 16:49:52 -0400
In my 15-year career as a technical writer, the slash (/) has always
meant "or". And the ampersand (&) means "and". And hyphens (-) to make
combinations. Except I always called the "slash" an oblique.
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Subject: Meaning of the slash (/) mark
We had a discussion at work about the meaning of the slash (/) mark.
25-year career as a technical writer, I have always understood the
mark to mean "or", as in "Select OK/Yes".
However, a developer here included options in the interface where the
administrator chooses a combination of protocols from a list. For
the administration can choose the "LDAP/MAPI" combination. When
the administrator's guide, I assumed that "LDAP/MAPI" meant "LDAP or
and asked the tech writer to clarify it for me. She told me that it
"LDAP and MAPI", which was a surprise to me. I didn't know that the
could mean "or" and "and".
Searching for usage information brought some interesting information
light, including the fact that usage of the slash often lends itself
ambiguity. It appears that the "or" meaning is common in
documentation, but the "and" meaning is common in many other places
the writer simply wants to connect two items through the slash mark.
So, fellow techwhirlers, what is your understanding of the best
for using the slash mark? I typically try to avoid using it at all,
I do use it, it means "or".
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