RE: To Cc or not to Cc

Subject: RE: To Cc or not to Cc
From: kimber_miller -at- acs-inc -dot- com
To: <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 15:24:53 -0600

Interestingly enough, I've lately heard people reference "CC" as "courtesy copy"
since "carbon copy" (thank goodness) is virtually obsolete.

Of course, you're still left with the issue of using "CC" as a verb. While that
usage may be common, it's jargon (IMO) and shouldn't be included in your Help
documentation. It's that "writing for a third-grader thing" again.

My .02



Kimber Miller
Affiliated Computer Services
Dallas, Texas

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Heath <rheath -at- eGain -dot- com>
Sent: Monday, November 22, 1999 5:17 PM
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Subject: To Cc or not to Cc

In reviewing a colleague's draft of an online help system, I have noticed
many places where she uses "Cc" as a verb, as in the following example:"If
you want to Cc the email to another user,..."

I've looked in the MS Computer Dictionary, 3rd ed. and find "Cc" listed as a
noun only. To my ear, it sounds too informal to use in online help and I
think "send a copy to" would be more appropriate.

Moreover, if you would use "Cc" as a verb in your docs, what would be its
object: email or the person sent the copy? Would you "Cc the email to John"
or "Cc John"?

Sorry if this topic has been brought up in the past, but searching the
archives with "Cc" returned an enormous number of matches.


Publications Specialist
eGain Communications Corp.
rheath -at- egain -dot- com

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