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Subject:Re: When to Spell Out Acronyms From:"Melissa Nelson" <melmis36 -at- hotmail -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Tue, 21 Nov 2006 10:01:46 -0500
I also do military documentation and I place the acronym table at the
beginning of the document and still have to spell it out the first time it
is used, no matter how common it is...the rational being that the reader
will not want to go back to the table to find the meaning of it. But the
table still has to be there...
Military documentation has a set of rules all its own sometimes..and they do
not need to make sense. Once I learned that, my job became a lot easier. :)
From: Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: When to Spell Out Acronyms
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 09:21:20 -0500
> David Castro wrote:
> The standard for the government documents I write (for the Navy) is
> spell out the acronym the first time it appears, no matter how
> the acronym (or abbreviation) is. PC? Spell it out. DoD? Spell it
> 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
> 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
> 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
> not longer the first instance because of revisions....phew...need a
> coffee after that last sentence.
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