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> Anyone have a solution to this one? Yes, "the user" can get old
1. Alternate or chose one or the other at random for each example, as you
2. Rewrite in the second person if feasible.
3. Recast offending sentences in plural if possible.
Best, if all else fails, just *choose* one or the other fercryinoutloud and
stick with it. I prefer the generic he, but I am not in the least offended
when I read books that use the generic she. If I've picked up the book and
am reading it, presumably I have more important concerns at the moment than
the author's choice of pronouns.
Scott A. McClare - Technical Writer
Neptec Design Group Ltd., Kanata, Ontario, Canada
(613) 599-7603 x504
smcclare -at- neptec -dot- com