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Subject: acknowledgements element in 5.0


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Stayton [mailto:bobs@sagehill.net] 
> Sent: Monday, 2007 April 23 1:49
> To: DocBook Technical Committee
> Cc: docbook@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: [docbook-tc] DocBook Technical Committee Meeting 
> Agenda: 25 April 2007

>   a. Norm to add acknowledgements element to 5.0.

There may be an issue regarding "acknowledgement" versus 
"acknowledgment".  I realize that the online docbook documentation at
uses the former, and I personally prefer the former, since one 
would ordinarily think the g is hard in the latter.

However, I feel obliged to point out that it appears to be a
substantial majority of uses prefer the former spelling.  In
fact, if you look up "acknowledgement" at http://www.m-w.com/
you get sent to the entry for "acknowledgment" (where it lists
"acknowledgement" as a variant) and a search of the online
Chicago Manual of Style at http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/
shows only the "acknowledgment" spelling.

We may find that most users will expect the 2e (instead of 3e)
spelling.  Of course, use of a smart editor can obviate this
issue, but those entering DocBook via Notepad might be surprised.


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