Re: [Usability] HIG Clarification for "Close Without Saving" button

On Tue, 2005-02-01 at 13:14, Alan Horkan wrote:

> The use of a contraction goes against the Documentation Style Guide (which
> I went to great lengths to read).

I know, I was being somewhat mischievous :)  But having said that, both
Mac and Windows increasingly use contractions in fairly obvious places,
and both of those desktops are translated into dozens of languages in
what is presumably a straightforward enough fashion that they haven't
felt the need to un-contract the English version.  

When I was at school at uni, we were always told never to use
contractions in technical reports either, but nowadays most institutions
positively encourage you to use less fussy language in reports to make
them more readable... all keeps style guide writers in a job I suppose


CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer       Sun Microsystems Ireland
mailto:calum benson sun com            Java Desktop System Group                      +353 1 819 9771

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