Re: Usage Question

Subject: Re: Usage Question
From: Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:57:37 -0700

>Device (s) to show the possibility of more than one? I have always thought
it is not widely accepted. Is there any formal rule in CMS or MMS

Depends on the type of organization you are writing for, your audience, and
whether or not there are plans to localize. If I were working for a very
large organization, I would absolutely adhere to formal standards; however,
in a smaller organization, it is easier to bend the rules to whatever works.

My only exception is localization. Translation is expensive so you want to
mitigate errors and make it is easy as possible for the translator. In that
case, I would write: "Device(s)" as "Device or Devices".




On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM, Bruce Megan (ST-CO/MKP3) <
Megan -dot- Bruce -at- us -dot- bosch -dot- com> wrote:

> Hello all:
>
> Is it acceptable to use the following:
>
> Device (s) to show the possibility of more than one? I have always thought
> it is not widely accepted. Is there any formal rule in CMS or MMS
>
> Thanks,
> Megan
>
>
>
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>


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Shawn Connelly
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Usage Question: From: Bruce Megan (ST-CO/MKP3)

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