RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia

Subject: RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia
From: "Tran, David" <David -dot- Tran -at- airways -dot- co -dot- nz>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, "Martinek, Carla" <CMartinek -at- zebra -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:08:17 +1300

Hi Carla

I'm not worried by it. Most Kiwis have seen this before. The main worry is usability, i.e. when users search under 'N'.

I would prefer seeing the full name rather than the abbreviation. And if I was typing a value in, I would use 'new zealand', based on the other entries.

Regards
David

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Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:11:30 -0600
From: "Martinek, Carla" <CMartinek -at- zebra -dot- com>
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Subject: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia
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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.)

I would like opinions from in-country experts as to whether this is fine, or if it is something they should avoid, and if so, for what reason.

Thanks for your input,
Carla

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