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> First of all I ask if Microsoft is setting legal standards, as was implied, or
> if they are simply stating their style preference?
I cannot speak for Microsoft; however, I **believe** that the intent of
their style manual is to provide guidelines for clarity and consistency
for writers and editors. And, generally speaking, this makes a lot of
Whether everyone follows these "guidelines" is, indeed, another
question. I have noticed that some of the so-called standards in this
guide are not adhered to in Microsoft's online help!
> Secondly, aren't we getting back into that "Use 'the' in front of a proper
> noun" question again? Besides, "PowerPoint's" and "toolbar's" are used as
> adjectives. Only if it is "PowerPoint File Menu" is it a noun phrase.
I wasn't trying to go back there...my intent was only to respond to E,T,
Hull's questions: "Why is this a no-no? And who says so?"
Whether you take the word of Microsoft as gospel is your decision! ;-)
Ms. Ronni Geist
ronni -at- geistwriters -dot- com