Re: contractions in tech.writing

Subject: Re: contractions in tech.writing
From: Tim Altom <taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 20:19:00 EST

At 04:26 PM 3/6/96 +0200, you wrote:
>A couple of weeks ago, Beth wrote:

>> We conform to Microsoft's styles in general but some of them we
>> overrule (such as their declining to use contractions (in the Win 95
>> booklet)).

>What are the reasons for and against using contractions in technical

We use contractions for friendliness, UNLESS the work is destined for
translation, or will be read in the original by international readers.
That's a big argument on the minus side. Contractions can be hard for
non-native English speakers to cope with.

Tim Altom
Vice President
Simply Written, Inc.
317.899.5882 (voice)
317.899.5987 (fax)

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