Contractions and Information Mapping

Subject: Contractions and Information Mapping
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <mark -at- MEMCO -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 1996 12:17:50 +0200

I recently worked for a company that forbade
contractions. The philosophy was that it's
easier to forbid them altogether than to police
the borderline between using them judiciously and
overusing them. You don't want a manual
that says something like "By the time you've
finished a sentence, the grammar checker'll've
gone over your previous one."

Where writers vary in proficiency, departments
may sometimes need to save time and friction
by standardizing in a way that does keep
the best writers from doing their best.
Is that where Information Mapping
too fits in?

- Mark L. Levinson - mark -at- memco -dot- co -dot- il - Tel Aviv -

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