Re: A User or An User?

Subject: Re: A User or An User?
From: "Gina Jones" <gina -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Will Husa" <Will -dot- Husa -at- 4techwriter -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 13:08:50 -0400

A user...

On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 12:51 PM, Will Husa <Will -dot- Husa -at- 4techwriter -dot- com>
wrote:

> One of my clients may be confused on the use of "a vs an" when it comes to
> IT technical terms. The Associated Press Stylebook 2004 recommends that you
> use "a" before a word that sounds like a consonant. (A one-user license
> sounds like "a won you sir license.") Whereas, "an" should be used before a
> word that sounds like a vowel. (An NBA record sounds like "an en bee a
> record.")
>
> I've been using "a User" in my manuals. In your manuals, do you refer to
> the
> user as "a User" or "an User?"
>
> Thanks,
>
> Will
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Collin Turner" <straylightsghost -at- gmail -dot- com>
> To: "Milan Davidovic" <milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com>; <
> techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 11:24 AM
> Subject: Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit?
>
>
> > Wow.
> >
> > You know, I've been a Non-Exempt Tech Writer several times. Each time it
> > was
> > simply because I pressed the issue. Each time I was told to "keep it
> > quiet"
> > because I was the only person (writer, developer, engineer, etc.) being
> > paid
> > in that manner.
> >
> > If overtime is needed (and it's only required maybe 30% of the time in my
> > experience if the company is well managed) then this should not be an
> > issue.
> >
> > If the company is constantly in a hole, then there's trouble. It's often
> > large companies (again, in my experience) that have this incredible
> > Overtime
> > Debt and have pathetic management. That's where the abuse has occurred
> > (that
> > I've seen).
> >
> > As the article points out, Labor laws are *out of date*. This is simply
> > something that needs to happen. It will change things, yes. But we're
> just
> > at that stage. The same thing is happening with Telecommuting right now -
> > just on a smaller scale. The landscape of how we work and what our
> careers
> > are is going to be a bit different in the coming decade.
> >
> > -Collin
> >
> > On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 9:59 AM, Milan Davidovic <milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 10:16 AM, Hemstreet, Deborah
> >> <DHemstreet -at- kaydon -dot- com> wrote:
> >> > Since when is it "standard practice" to expect technical writers to
> >> > work
> >> > as indicated in this article?
> >>
> >> When they are full-time employees of the company, it appears.
> >>
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References:
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit?: From: Hemstreet, Deborah
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit?: From: Milan Davidovic
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit?: From: Collin Turner
A User or An User?: From: Will Husa

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