Re: Ampersands in TOC and headers?

Subject: Re: Ampersands in TOC and headers?
From: Laura Lemay <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L mailinglist <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 16:46:30 -0800


On Feb 9, 2010, at 12:44 PM, Kat Kuvinka wrote:
> Both should be avoided if you are localizing.


In the 90's I wrote third-party technical books that were translated
into somewhere north of 20 languages. Not a single translator had any
problems at all with my liberal use of contractions. None.

My overly long compound sentences were sometimes a problem. My
sometimes strange and pop-culture-heavy sense of humor typically
didn't work at all (translators substituted locally-appropriate
examples and jokes with my blessing). The actual technology was
occasionally difficult. But contractions were not an issue.

I believe this to be an overcautious ban.

Laura
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Follow-Ups:

References:
RE: Place punctuation inside or outside of quotes when writing software docs for English speaking Europeans in Europe?: From: Claudine CHAUSSON
Ampersands in TOC and headers?: From: Leonard C. Porrello
Re: Ampersands in TOC and headers?: From: Bill Swallow
RE: Ampersands in TOC and headers?: From: Leonard C. Porrello
Re: Ampersands in TOC and headers?: From: Laura Lemay
Re: Ampersands in TOC and headers?: From: Janice Gelb
RE: Ampersands in TOC and headers?: From: Kat Kuvinka

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