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Subject:Re: contractions in tech. writing From:Grant Hogarth <GRANT -at- ONYXGFX -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 15 Mar 1996 11:23:16 +8
Michal Lastman <michall -at- aladdin -dot- co -dot- il> asks:
> What are the reasons for and against using contractions in technical
In most technical writing, there are a lot of reasons for not using
For one thing, not all contractions are agreed upon as being correct;
for another, it makes translation more difficult;
for a third, "informal" language (such as contractions), may not be
perceived as appropriate for the audience/subject matter.
(Try writing docs for the military, or for highly technical fields
(Airplane operating instructions, for example)... contractions will
get the red pencil faster than almost anything else I can think of! )
The only place that I can think of that it *may* be appropriate is
if you are writing a document that is attempting to be "user-cozy".
Grant Hogarth, Information Developer, Onyx Graphics Corp. Midvale, UT
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