cvs commit: doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/zip-drive article.sgml

Simon L. Nielsen simon at
Tue Aug 24 11:41:33 PDT 2004

On 2004.08.24 21:20:46 +0300, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> On 2004-08-24 20:14, "Simon L. Nielsen" <simon at> wrote:
> > On 2004.08.24 18:00:51 +0000, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> > > keramida    2004-08-24 18:00:51 UTC
> > >
> > >   FreeBSD doc repository
> > >
> > >   Modified files:
> > >     en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/zip-drive article.sgml
> > >   Log:
> > >   Use &ms-dos; for referring to MS-DOS to match the style of &windows; in
> > >   the same sentence.
> >
> > When I went through the documentation I left all instances of DOS
> > alone and only changed MS-DOS to &ms-dos;, since DOS is not a
> > trademark of Microsoft, but MS-DOS is.
> Ah, I see now.
> > It seems rather random if DOS or MS-DOS were used, though in the
> > context of the FreeBSD documentation there probably isn't really a
> > difference...
> Hmm.  If you think it's really not necessary to change instances of DOS
> to &ms-dos; I'll leave the rest that I come across unchanged.  Do you

It is not necessary trademark wise (AFAIK) since MS-DOS != DOS so we
don't violate any trademarks by just writing DOS without a trademark
symbol, but for consistency it might make sense to prefer one over the

As I see it, DOS means all variants (including MS-DOS, DR-DOS, IBM-DOS
and so on) where MS-DOS refers specifically to MS-DOS.  In the context
of FreeBSD documentation I think in most cases when referring to
MS-DOS, it would apply to other DOS variants as well.

> also want me to back this one out?  I don't have a strong preference for
> DOS or &ms-dos; either.

I don't really have any strong preference either, since both DOS and
MS-DOS are both used many places.  I don't think there is any reason
to back out this particular commit since it doesn't change much either

If someone felt like going through the (MS-)DOS references and use
either one consistently (and of course checking that it was OK to
change it each particular instance) I think it would be nice, but it's
not something I care enough about to do it myself :-).

Simon L. Nielsen
FreeBSD Documentation Team
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