Re: Correct Wording for Examples

Subject: Re: Correct Wording for Examples
From: "Thiessen, Christopher E" <Christopher -dot- E -dot- Thiessen -at- CDEV -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 18:44:53 -0600

Steve, I think you want to replace that semicolon with a colon when citing a
specific example:

"...named by group: staff.grp and library.grp."

Use the semicolon to conjoin two similar or related thoughts. Of course,
that could be an Americanism...

Chris Thiessen
christopher -dot- e -dot- thiessen -at- cdev -dot- com
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From: Stephen Victor
To: Technical Writers List; for al
Subject: Re: Correct Wording for Examples
Date: Friday, November 22, 1996 4:16PM

Gillian McGarvey wrote:

> Is it correct that we generally shouldn't use abbreviations like "e.g."
> and "i.e." in order to avoid giving the user any extraneaous terms that
> cause the reader to process more info than they must already?

Some consider these abbreviations difficult for non-native speakers of
English to understand. They might also be a problem for translators, who
often are themselves not native speakers of English. Instead (so the
story goes), we should use their full English equivalents ("for example"
and "that is").

> And, if the answer to the above is yes, what is the correct punctuation
> for the following sentence? (pls ignore the yucky wording of the example)
> "Below admin.ini are the Group INI files which are named by the group,
> for example, staff.grp and library.grp."

This sentence should be punctuated as follows: "Below admin.ini are the
Group INI files, which are named by [delete "the"] group; for example,
staff.grp and library.grp."

Regards,
Steve
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