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Subject:Re: Contractions in User Guides From:Loryn Jenkins <loryn -at- OZEMAIL -dot- COM -dot- AU> Date:Thu, 14 Dec 1995 15:41:12 +1000
Many use contractions to make the manual seem more 'personal'. Rather than
using formal grammatical expressions, many techniques are used to make the
book seem easier to read, and more personal.
* active voice
* use of "you"
* contractions, etc.
> I noticed that quite a few manuals contain contractions these days, and
> wondered how widespread their use is. I don't mind them, but I was taught
> to write out the words instead. Do you use contractions? If so, why? If
> not, why not? (Has any research been done on this topic?)