RE: What's 1 to do?

Subject: RE: What's 1 to do?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Victoria Wroblewski" <victoria -dot- wroblewski -at- eagletest -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 14:13:28 -0600

Victoria Wroblewski wrote:

> I wouldn't be surprised if it's partly a combo of work by non-native
> speaking writers, work that may go to non-native speaking readers, or
> writing for translations. I sure can identify the digit "5" better
> it's translated form of "five" if I'm going through a mess of
> files and making sure that the translation magic didn't muck up
> anything. If I'm reading something that is not in my native language,
> I've got a much better shot at proper understanding if I've got digits
> in the text. The digit and the word are equally accurate, so I can
> why some places might decide to change from the old-school style of
> through ten."

That makes sense.

> Now we just have to wait for the day, 20 or so years from now, where
> has become an acceptable replacement for "for" in professional
> writing...

But if translation issues matter, this won't happen. I don't think the
number and the preposition are homophones in very many languages. :-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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