Re: Functionality

Subject: Re: Functionality
From: "Dixon, Paul" <Paul -dot- Dixon -at- FMR -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 22 May 1996 16:03:00 -0400

Ah yes. Capability's a good one. I meant that one, too. I completely
agree with Marv.
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From: Technical Writers List; for all Technical Communication issues
To: A207708
Subject: Re: Functionality
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 1996 3:54PM

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First post:

> Howdy! Can I get some opinions on using the word "functionality" =
-- is it
> just an inflation of "function" (some of my best friends are =
engineers) or
> s it worth the difference? Thanks.

Paul's response:=20

> It's not a word. People think it is, but it isn't. Try using =
function or
> functions.

My opinion:

If the subject and/or audience is mathematics or software-related,
then the word function has other, specific meanings and can be=20
ambiguous when referring to a capability to perform a function.
Functionality, which is in my on-line dictionary, can be more
specific, but I would use it only if I tried function and =
capability=20
first.=20

Marv Cochrane
Technical Writer

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