RE : Re: Simply

Subject: RE : Re: Simply
From: Yves JEAUROND <jingting -at- rogers -dot- com>
To: Peter Sturgeon <prsturgeon -at- yahoo -dot- com>, Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 14:09:40 -0400 (EDT)

Absolutely. :-)

More extra words to remove:
- Select an [existing] item ... // Everything that a user can in fact use, exists.
// Better to be specific and name the item.
- Select the [desired] item ... // Why would anyone make an undesirable choice?
- [You must] select... // There's no moral imperative when operating SW :-)
- [If you want] to change... // Why make a change conditional?
- See also x [, for more information about x].
- To restrict [certain] user[s] from... // Uncertain users? :-) How about writing "a" instead?
- Select x [at any time]. // Well, not while I'm asleep...

And so on. One gets the feeling that a writer using such
extra words is trying to be stylish, insistent or helpful,
yet fails miserably.

For more on "simply", Stephen King talks about adverbs
and bad writing in _On Writing_.



Peter Sturgeon <prsturgeon -at- yahoo -dot- com> a écrit :
No benefit at all is derived from its presence

"Simply" is often code for something that will turn out to be anything but simple to the reader. My grade 12 math teacher used to use it just before my eyes would glaze over.

----- Original Message ----
From: Chris Borokowski
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Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 12:58:46 PM
Subject: Simply

What benefit is derived from this extra word?

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