Re: His/Her v. Their

Subject: Re: His/Her v. Their
From: Wanda Phillips <wetcoastwriter -at- me -dot- com>
To: Becca <becca -at- di -dot- org>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2012 02:02:16 -0400

Becca,

Out of curiosity, are these documents translated?

Since the style guide I worked with when documenting products distributed internationally, or in some earlier cases in my career just in Canada, I had to be conscious of the effect my choices had on the localization of the content. So, has anyone encountered translation issues where the choice to use any of the "she/he" combinations or "their" in place of the "he/she" for third party actors?

I do, by the way, applaud your decision to take things in small steps. While we're often anxious or at least intent on achieving a state of perfection in our work, we can sometimes trigger an avalanche but rushing towards the finish line.

Wanda
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On 2012-10-26, at 10:08 AM, Becca <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

> Some documents I'm editing of necessity give procedures in third person rather than the assumed (you) second person. There's no way around this.
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> In the document I'm editing, they use His/Her. My inclination is to use "their" - comments?
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> Regards,
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> Becca
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