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Couldn't a "coma" lead to another lawsuit?
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: redundancy
Date: Friday, December 09, 1994 11:11AM
IMHO replace the slash with a coma and leave the second clause in.
At 19:19 12/7/94 -0500, Peter W Praetorius wrote:
>I am presently working for a manufacturer of lawn mowers. Today the boss,
>while editing a manual in print, asked my opinion of a sentence that he
>feels is redundant, yet he's wondering if leaving it in might be better
>from a legal standpoint. One of the main reasons for the manuals is to
>protect the company from law suits. For instance, one person sued the
>company for not warning him that he should not use the machine for a hedge
>trimmer -- he lost some fingers. Now all manuals have a statement that
>says that the mower is to be used solely for cutting grass.
>So what do you all think of this sentence? Should the material after the
>"slash" (/) mark be deleted? And is there ever a place for redundancy
>in technical writing?
>"Always operate at speeds that allow you to have complete control of the
>tractor / and can maneuver safely or stop in case of an emergency."
>Probably not the best sentence to begin with, but his feeling was that
>"complete control" would imply "maneuver safely. . . ."
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