Re: more on British v. American spelling

Subject: Re: more on British v. American spelling
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- AXIONET -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 19:10:19 -0400

"E,T, Hull" <ethull -at- WORLDACCESS -dot- NL> wrote:

>If you were writing a technical document for an international >audience which spelling would you choose and why?

My guess is that you could take your choice. On the one hand, American
influence is everywhere. On the other hand, however, many types of
English spoken today originated in the British Isles, and still owe more
to their source than to Americna influence.

Probably, though, you could make some generalities based on the market
area. For example, when I was in grad school, I was told by two visa
students from China that Americanisms dominated around Shanghai, while
Anglo-English was the norm around Beijing (I don't know how true that
is, but it's an example of what I mean).

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