Re: "aka" - commonly understood ?

Subject: Re: "aka" - commonly understood ?
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:34:38 -0700

That does not make sense. All of the variants mean the same thing, "also known as." AKA typically refers to an alias, what does your office think it means? If it is in reference to an alias, then the acronym is being properly used and should not be "abandoned."

Yes, everyone at the office knows that AKA and its variants mean "also known as". My question, though, was whether readers who encountered the term "aka" would know that "aka" was short for "also known as".

So some people (I consulted this list and the STC Lone Writers list) said "yes, readers will know," others said "beware of localization issues," and others said "lots of readers won't know what 'aka' means."

So whether it's officially a proper usage is beside the point of whether it *might* confuse readers. So I'm not going to use the term "aka".

-Monique


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Create and publish documentation through multiple channels with Doc-To-Help.
Choose your authoring formats and get any output you may need. Try
Doc-To-Help, now with MS SharePoint integration, free for 30-days.
http://www.doctohelp.com

---
You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-
To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/archive%40web.techwr-l.com


To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.techwr-l.com/ for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:
http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/listinfo/techwr-l-chat


References:
"aka" - commonly understood ?: From: Monique Semp
Re: "aka" - commonly understood ?: From: Monique Semp
Re: "aka" - commonly understood ?: From: Lauren

Previous by Author: Re: "aka" - commonly understood ?
Next by Author: any legal issues w/writing press releases ?
Previous by Thread: Re: "aka" - commonly understood ?
Next by Thread: Re: "aka" - commonly understood ?


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads