Subject: Re: Abbreviations
To: Jan Schaumann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 10/11/2002 11:45:15
[ On Friday, October 11, 2002 at 09:55:48 (-0400), Jan Schaumann wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Abbreviations
> Julio Merino <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Should we "fix" all abbreviations (it's, we've, can't...) to their extended
> > form in commands and documentation? I think this is more formal, right?
> No, "can't", "shouldn't" and the like are completely acceptable in
> written English -- changing them to 'can not' etc. is a no-op at best.
Formal English language documentation should avoid contractions, at
least not according to the technical documentation guides I have.
I agree though that there's no need for the Unix documentation to be
transformed into a more formal style.
> P.S.: This is more of a documentation question, I believe, so I CC'd
> netbsd-docs@, where the discussion (if any) should take place.
I don't think I subscribe to that list, but I've set replies to go there
Greg A. Woods
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