Re: would you?

Subject: Re: would you?
From: "Sam Falco" <sfalco -at- invisiondev -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 11:39:22 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: Kevin Feeman <Kevin -dot- Feeman -at- micromass -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, November 19, 1999 9:43 AM
Subject: would you?

> In writing a manual, a colleague suggested using the word "unsaved" for
> talking about files that have not been saved. Is unsaved really a word. It
> seems a little funny to me. I looked it up, and the word is for being
> "saved" as in Christianity.
> I had the following:
> CopyWriter will prompt the user to save any edited files that have not
> saved before the program closes.
> She suggested:
> CopyWriter will prompt the user to save any edited, unsaved files before
> program closes.
> I just wanted to make sure that unsaved is proper in this context.

I don't like "unsaved," not because of the quasi-religious connotation, but
because I share George Orwell's objection to the "un-noun" construction.
Your version of the sentence strikes me as more elegant.

Just my $.02.


Salvatore "Sam" Falco
Senior Technical Writer Research Corporation
Saint Petersburg, FL, USA
sfalco -at- invisiondev -dot- com

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