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I usually consider User an adjective rather than a possessive...thus
User Guide, like horse shoe, book cover, car manual, etc. I really think
it's personal preference, though, and as you say....consistency is the
key. I use the word Help to apply only to Online Help (and usually use
both words, both with initial caps).
Jane Bergen, Technical Writer,
AnswerSoft, Inc. Richardson, TX
janeb -at- answersoft -dot- com
On Tuesday, January 13, 1998 9:29 AM, Marie C. Paretti
[SMTP:mparetti -at- RRINC -dot- COM] wrote:
> A very small, picky question, tangentially related to Kevin's question
> about "User Guide" or "Help" as a title. When creating the hard copy
> said Guide, is it a:
> User Guide
> User's Guide
> Users' Guide
> Does it even matter as long as I'm consistent?
> Marie C. Paretti
> Recognition Research, Inc. (RRI)
> 1750 Pratt Drive, Suite 2000
> Blacksburg, VA 24060
> mparetti -at- rrinc -dot- com
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