Re: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia

Subject: Re: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia
From: Di <dicorrie -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:55:48 +1300

I am a New Zealander and our software is for the Australian and New Zealand
markets. Three things I did not see as I skipped through the e's:

. We are used to being lumped together. Sometimes it suits our company to
lump us together and then we do.

. There are differences in spelling and language and like everyone else in
the world, we like our own best.

. Either abbreviate both, or neither. au/nz is what we use when we want
the shortest version.

Di
On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM, Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:

> On 2/22/2012 7:00 AM, Martinek, Carla wrote:
>
>> Brian, my question was specific and *cultural* in its nature, and
>> directed at a geographical group of writers. The first wave of answers I
>> received focused on technical solutions, not cultural.
>>
>> Our programmers are looking at having people type in and/or
>> select a country
>> for a specific software need. Right now they have defined the
>> entry for your area as
>> "australia/nz". (Other entries are "china," brazil," "russia,"
>> etc.)
>>
>> Are there any cultural issues with the two countries being
>> grouped together,
>> and for the abbreviation to nz instead of New Zealand? (lowercase
>> is also the
>> programmers' choice, but that's another issue.)
>>
>> In your opinion, what additional information besides that shown above was
>> needed to provide an answer to the cultural question I asked?
>>
>
> The answers you received were consistent with "Yes, so what is the purpose
> of the grouping that the two countries cannot be separate?" You never
> answered that necessary requirements question.
>
>
> I felt that what I provided was sufficient for the question at hand.
>>
>
> Did you get the response you expected? If you did, then your feelings of
> providing sufficient information were correct.
>
>
>
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References:
Re: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: Sion Lane
RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: Martinek, Carla
RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: Brian.Henderson
RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: Martinek, Carla
Re: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: Lauren

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