Re: His/Her v. Their

Subject: Re: His/Her v. Their
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:08:39 -0700

Hey! I like solo Slash (post Guns N' Roses)....

Happy Friday! > Chris

On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM, Fiona Hanington <
fiona -dot- hanington -at- ericsson -dot- com> wrote:

> I agree with many who have suggested rendering everything plural and using
> "their" as much as possible. However, if there are instances where singular
> is unavoidable, I would use "his or her" rather than "his/her" (*not a
> fan of slash*).
> Another idea (although this depends on how lengthy your instructions are,
> among other things) is to set the instructions up in a table. That way you
> could use the 2nd person and the imperative form:
> -----------------------------------------------------
> Step | Who | What
> -----------------------------------------------------
> 1. | SME | Sign the form and return it to ...
> 2. | Writer | Record the .... Etc.
> 3. | SME | Verify that...
> Etc.
> Fiona
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