RE: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing

Subject: RE: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing
From: Ron Hearn <rhearn -at- central1 -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:39:54 +0000


Also using "please" changes an instruction to a request making it optional. Once I had to edit a draft from a BA that had a list of instructions starting with "Please" e.g. "Please enter your name", "Please enter your address", etc. Needless to say, the "please" didn't survive my edit.

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Subject: RE: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing

I'd never use "please" as part of a statement that tells the reader what to do. It doesn't add clarity; its just clutter.

I don't know about the rest of you, but aside from being unnecessary, when I read "please" as part of an instruction, I actually find it a little smarmy.


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Subject: RE: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing

I use "See section ... ", but "Reference section ..." is correct grammar, even if little used.

For a compromise, how about "Refer to section ... for more information"? Still clumsy in my opinion, but may assuage the co-worker.

Sometimes, a polite "Please reference section ... " may also be clearer?

Z

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From: techwr-l-bounces+syed -dot- hosain=aeris -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com <techwr-l-bounces+syed -dot- hosain=aeris -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> On Behalf Of Lin Sims
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Subject: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing

Has anyone seen any manual that uses the word "reference" when referring to material that is in another location? As in, "Reference section <section
name> for more information."

I was taught to use "See section <section name> for more information." when the information is in the same document, and to use "Refer to <document
name>" when the information is external to the document.

Every time I see "Reference <section name>", I come to a screeching halt.
My co-worker insists this is proper usage, but I just can't get my mind around it.

References (heh) to correct usage would be appreciated. I've been looking but so far I can't find ANYTHING that addresses this.

We really need a style guide.

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Lin Sims
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References:
Use of word "reference" when cross referencing: From: Lin Sims
RE: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing: From: Syed Zaeem Hosain
RE: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing: From: Wright, Lynne

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