RE: Ampersands in TOC and headers?

Subject: RE: Ampersands in TOC and headers?
From: Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 11:27:24 -0500




True, some contractions are easily understood and translated. Some are not. I just trained myself to avoid them. I trained myself so well I do not even use them in speech.

>
>
> 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
> Teach Yourself HTML in Klingon in 21 Days
>
>

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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
Re: Ampersands in TOC and headers?: From: Laura Lemay

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