RE: Yet another nitpicky style question

Subject: RE: Yet another nitpicky style question
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 14:45:06 -0500

Lauren wrote:

Never underestimate the user that resents you telling him something he
doesn't know. He will always find a way to correct you. Like when the old
skin-picking, pseudo-project manager told me to define GUI in my document
written for programmers. "No. Really. Programmers know what a GUI is,
defining it will only be insulting." "But I think it's better to define
it." The retort I wished I could have said, "Why? Do you really think that
your ignorance is more intelligent than their knowledge?"

You assume that all programmers know what GUI stands for....never
assume...ever. What is wrong with identifying on first occurrence what GUI
stands for (Garbage Union International, Grench Underwriters, Inc....) and
remove any ambiguity. Remember, there is a fine line between ignorance and

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