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Subject: Re: [office] Question of writing style?

On Sunday 14 November 2004 23:53, Patrick Durusau wrote:
> Michael,
> Since I won't be on the call tomorrow I thought I should tender a few 
> written comments about the 'you can' style question.

(Same problem here)

> It is not improper grammar but a question of the style one uses in 
> writing technical standards.
> I am not surprised that a native American introduced the phrase, most 
> writing in the US being first person and bordering on the familiar.
> Not that such a style is necessarily a bad thing, in the proper place 
> but I would argue it is inappropriate in standards.

My guess is that the person Michael refers to, was writing a user manual - Michael, is that correct?
In a manual that explains how to use an application, using "you" seems perfectly fine to me.
But indeed in a standard specification things are different, and it would be better to avoid using it.

David Faure, faure@kde.org, sponsored by Trolltech to work on KDE,
Konqueror (http://www.konqueror.org), and KOffice (http://www.koffice.org).

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