RE: Something a little more useful than: RE: Pet Peeves

Subject: RE: Something a little more useful than: RE: Pet Peeves
From: Kevin McLauchlan <kmclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 13:57:18 -0400

Chris Borokowski noted:
>
> Good point. It shouldn't replace all English. But
> spoken English is a subset of Standard English, and
> breaks down into different dialects by region and
> nation and function. Plain Language and/or Simplified
> English is one standard.
>
> Your sentiment is one that many here will share, which
> is that we do not want to be required to write in a
> limited language. That's why the original poster
> recommended it as a resource, not a standard. I think.
>
> --- Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > One sentence stands out in that Wikipedia article
> > you cite:
> >
> > "It [Simplified English] is not intended for use as
> > a general
> > writing standard."

Here's a place where compromise might actually be useful.

Use Simplified English (or similar) in instructional steps,
and write more comfortably, or with greater range, in
the descriptive/expository/concept verbiage that might
accompany the instructions.

Kevin

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