Re: International English

Subject: Re: International English
From: "Cheverie, Paul [Cont]" <paul -dot- cheverie -at- GPO -dot- CANADA -dot- CDEV -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 10:50:00 EST

Ian wrote:

>The goal of "international English" is to make itself clear to every
>reader, regardless of origin. Part of this - but only one part - is to
>avoid any regional usage that might not be understandable to everybody,
>or might distract attention from the subject matter. Another important
>part is to avoid less-common meanings of words, which can be very
>confusing to readers for whom English is a second language.

>I strongly believe that it is the writer's responsibility to sidestep
>any such problems, rather than making choices that would benefit one
>group of readers at the expense of others.

Well said! Our (techwriters) reason for being is exactly that.
Paul C
paul -dot- cheverie -at- gpo -dot- canada -dot- cdev -dot- com

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