RE: Usage question - "... un-initialized state" or "... an uninitialized state"

Subject: RE: Usage question - "... un-initialized state" or "... an uninitialized state"
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: James Leatherwood <JLeatherwood -at- aflac -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:51:35 -0400

You can also initialize the product in your lab, fiddle with it for a while, then perform factory-reset and ship it off to its destination in ... !initialized! state.

I guess "wish" is one of those regional things, similar to the situation on this list - some years ago - where several people argued vociferously against the use of the PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE "appear" in techdocs, claiming that the only inference they could garner from "appear" or "appears" was.... magic... (insert shimmer-tone and Theremin glissando here).

> -----Original Message-----
> From: James Leatherwood [mailto:JLeatherwood -at- aflac -dot- com]
> Sent: October-11-12 8:11 AM
> To: McLauchlan, Kevin; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Usage question - "... un-initialized state" or "... an
> uninitialized state"
>
> You can initialize the product before delivery, or defer initialization to
> the end-user.
>
> Initialization prior to delivery is optional.
>
> Why emphasize the "un?"
>
> And FWIW I agree with avoiding "wish." People wish they could do
> lots of things with software that developers don't bake into the
> system.
>
> James Leatherwood
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: McLauchlan, Kevin [mailto:Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-
> inc.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:32 AM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Usage question - "... un-initialized state" or "... an
> uninitialized state"
>
> The statement in the docs is: "You might wish to deliver the product in
> un-initialized state."
>
> One reviewer wants that to say: "You might wish to deliver the
> product in AN un-initialized state."
>
> My objection to that version is that it suggests/implies that there is
> more than one un-initialized state.
>
> With respect to initialization, there are two states - initialized and un-
> initialized. There are no sub-categories under un-initialized, and no
> grey areas. It is or it ain't.
>
> What say you language mavens?

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Usage question - "... un-initialized state" or "... an uninitialized state": From: McLauchlan, Kevin
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