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The rule I use is to exclude the parenthetical explanation from headings or
titles. If at all possible, I use the full term in a heading or title;
sometimes, that term is either too long or the acronym is so very well known
that I break the "rule."
On another level, I wonder why "Housing Analysis" or "housing analysis" must
become a two-letter abbreviation. (Since the abbreviation, "HA," can be
pronounced, I guess it meets the definition of "acronym," too.) But, that's
Donald H. White
Senior Technical Communicator
James River Technical Communications
|From: Heather Anderson [mailto:Heather -dot- Anderson -at- cubrc -dot- org]
|Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 3:03 PM
|To: techwr-l List
|Subject: Acronym Question
|Hoping to get a group answer on this.
|Acronyms in Titles -
|Ie, such as "Housing Analysis (HA)"
|I have often defined the acronym upon first use in the
|document or section, but where I have worked, they have not
|used them in the titles.
|Do people define the acronym in the title and then again in
|the body? I have seen it both ways, but I am not sure which
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