RE: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves)

Subject: RE: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves)
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -dot- Brierley -at- ipc -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 11:33:38 -0400


I strongly disagree.

I strongly advocate using the second person active present tense.

I strongly advocate avoiding passive construction in modern, U.S.,
non-legal non-academic technical writing.



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From: techwr-l-bounces+sean -dot- brierley=ipc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+sean -dot- brierley=ipc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
Behalf Of Suzette Leeming
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:17 AM
To: Chris Borokowski
Subject: Re: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves)

I try to avoid using "you" (too informal) or "user" (too impersonal).

I would change the sentence structure to something like this:

"When a hard drive is formatted, all of the data on it is lost."

I avoid all gender issues this way.

Suzette Leeming
Stouffville, Ontario

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RE: Pet Peeves: From: Brierley, Sean
Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves): From: Chris Borokowski
Re: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves): From: Suzette Leeming

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