Steve Cavanaugh's STE post?

Subject: Steve Cavanaugh's STE post?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, "Cardimon,Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 11:05:30 -0400

Craig Cardimon, writing about simplified technical English (STE),
noted: <<English is already effective when used properly. From what
I've seen of Simplified Technical English, may I say a firm, "yuck-
poo." STE is awkward, doesn't flow, and has all the charm and grace
of an automatic voice message system reciting Shakespeare. >>

Hear, hear! But it's important to note two things: First, if you need
STE, you need it bad, and it'll solve an enormous problem with a
moderate degree of elegance. In some situations, there are no
substitutes for STE. Second, the key principles behind STE (use a
limited number of unequivocal words, and use them consistently by
following a clear grammar) are equally valid in any kind of technical

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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