Re: Using Contractions in Software Manuals

Subject: Re: Using Contractions in Software Manuals
From: Bonnie Granat <bgranat -at- LYNX -dot- DAC -dot- NEU -dot- EDU>
Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 05:51:48 -0400

"Parks, Beverly" wrote:
>
> Is "would of" EVER proper? I'm trying to think of an example, but can't come
> up with one. So, at least in this specific example, there would be no
> question about what is being contracted (assuming knowledge of English
> contractions).
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: John Posada [SMTP:jposada01 -at- YAHOO -dot- COM]
> >
> > Which, BTW...is one of the reason that I would rather
> > not use contractions in technical documentation.
> > Sometimes, peole do not know what is being contracted.
> >
> > --- John Posada <jposada01 -at- YAHOO -dot- COM> wrote:
> > > Except it is a contraction of "would have", not
> > > "would
> > > of".
> > >

I think she meant she'd rather see a correct contraction
than an incorrect verb.

Bonnie Granat
Technical Editor
Parametric Technology Corp.


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