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Subject:Re: Re: Killer Language From:"Karl A. Hakkarainen" <karlh -at- AUGGIE -dot- AUGMENT-SYSTEMS -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 14 Nov 1996 07:53:33 -0500
FWIW: The Apple Publications Style Guide specifically directs the writer
not to use male and female when describing connectors.
There are many terms that, over time, fall from favor and from preferred
usage. As long as there is no ambiguity with terms such as plug and socket,
it seems to be a helpful change.
At 11:32 AM 11/14/96 GMT, Iain Harrison wrote:
>Beryl Doane replied:
> male = plug
> female = socket
> Also include a glossary definition which mentions the
> older convention.
>I'm afraid that won't do, Beryl. Look in any electronics
>catalogue, and you'll find male and female plugs, and female and
>male sockets. Generally, the one to use depends on which side the
>power is coming out of.
>What on earth is wrong with Male and Female as descriptions? Are
>they hard to understand? Offensive to eunochs? Or are they just
>clear, concise and universally understandable?
>iharrison -at- sct -dot- co -dot- uk
Karl A. Hakkarainen Technical Documentation Manager
Augment Systems, Inc. 508 392-8626 (voice)
Westford MA 01886 508 392-8636 (fax) http://www.augment-systems.com/