RE: Use of definite article

Subject: RE: Use of definite article
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2008 15:42:54 -0400

If you were using the whole name, how would you say it and write it? Follow
that usage.

Bonnie Granat

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> Subject: Use of definite article
> I tried to look up in the Chicago Manual of Style and the
> Microsoft Manual of Style ... the rules for using the
> definite and indefinite article in conjunction with
> abbreviated product names. I did not find anything helpful.
> We have a product called CosmoCall Universe, abbreviated CCU.
> In the process of writing and revising an integration manual
> for use of the CCU with another product, also abbreviated,
> management made me delete "the" in front of the two abbreviations.
> Even though it seemed natural to me to refer to CosmoCall
> Universe without a definite article, because it sounds like a
> collective name for an architecture, when referring to a
> particular platform implementation, I preferred using the
> definite article ("the CCU"); and the same for the other product.
> Is there a rule for this situation? I cannot go according to
> my management's practices because the manager does not even
> know when to capitalize and the analyst who designs our
> products and helps him directly has a foreigner's command of
> English. I would like to set down the rules for them so we
> can have marketing collateral (what they often write) that is
> pleasant to read as well as what I write (user documentation).


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