RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia

Subject: RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia
From: <Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com>
To: <Techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:10:45 -0800

Hi Reshma,



Being a natural born smart-aleck, it's difficult for me to restrain that
tendency, even when I know that it may not translate well in text. My
"problem" with "Canada/US" was not true.



In the U.S., the phrase "that's just wrong" is generally associated with
humor. I was simply pretending to be the type of American who won't
tolerate anything other than being in first place.



As a professional tech writer I would, of course, consider "Canada/US"
to be the more correct format for the grouping. Although as a customer
(as you pointed out), I might get a bit annoyed by not being able to
find my country under "A" or "U".



-Brian



From: reshma pendse [mailto:reshma_pendse -at- yahoo -dot- co -dot- in]
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:38 PM
To: Brian Henderson; Techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia



Brian -



Why would you not appreciate seeing Canada/U.S.? Would the same reasons
apply to a Canadian not appreciating seeing U.S./Canada? In fact as a
techwriter, one should follow that convention 'cos it's alphabetically
correct. While an American might not mind U.S./Canada, I wonder how a
might Canadian feel, not finding his/her country in 'C', and finding it
lumped together with the U.S.?



Similarly, I feel a New Zealander might not appreciate being combined
with Australia. Also, on most websites, when there is a Country drop
down, we're used to seeing an alphabetical list where countries are not
combined with each other. It would be good to stick to the known
convention than try to establish a new one.



As an Indian, I would not like to see Bangladesh/
India/Pakistan/SriLanka combined in whatever order. Even though all 4
countries are geographically close, we're culturally vastly different.
Makes no sense!



regards,

Reshma



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From: "Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com" <Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com>
To: Techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Sent: Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:41 PM
Subject: RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia


I'm not so sure about that, Julie. I don't think it would hardly
register if I had to pick "U.S./Canada". Now, I would probably wonder
about a "U.S./Mexico" grouping, but only because it's unusual to see
them lumped together in anything other than a purely geographical
context. But neither would bother me if there's a reason to combine
them.

I should add: I would absolutely NOT tolerate "Canada/U.S.". That's just
wrong!

-Brian H.

-----Original Message----- From: Julie Stickler

I think most people would not appreciate seeing their country lumped in
as part of another country just because they are geographically close to
each other.

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References:
Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: Martinek, Carla
Re: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: Julie Stickler
RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: Brian.Henderson
Re: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: reshma pendse

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