forbidden to apostrophize

Subject: forbidden to apostrophize
From: Michal Lastman <michall -at- AKS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 1996 14:23:32 +0200

My editor wants me to remove every apostrophe from my manual. This means
replacing not only all contractions (something I could deal with) but also
recasting any sentence that uses an apostrophe to form the possessive.

This involves a lot of work and will most likely make many sentences longer
and unnecessarily complex.

I'd like to be able to convince my boss that this change is unnecessary but
the editor has convinced her that technical writing standards forbid
apostrophes. Is this true? I learned the exact opposite in the technical
writing course I took. And I haven't pulled a manual off the shelf today
that didn't contain both contractions and possessives formed with
apostrophes. Any advice?

Michal Lastman
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E-mail: michal -at- aks -dot- com

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