Re: When to Spell Out Acronyms

Subject: Re: When to Spell Out Acronyms
From: Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 09:21:20 -0500

David Castro wrote:

The standard for the government documents I write (for the Navy) is to
spell out the acronym the first time it appears, no matter how common
the acronym (or abbreviation) is. PC? Spell it out. DoD? Spell it out.
We also include a table at the end with all of the acronyms in the
document included, in case someone comes into the document after the
acronym has been spelled out, and needs to know what it stands for.

If you place the table at the beginning of the document, then wouldn't that
satisfy the criteria of spelling it out the first time it appears? If so,
that would save you the time rearranging when your former first instance it
not longer the first instance because of revisions....phew...need a cup of
coffee after that last sentence.


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When to Spell Out Acronyms: From: Harris, Michael
Re: When to Spell Out Acronyms: From: Al Geist
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