Acronyms believed harmful
zettel at acm.org
Fri Jul 9 16:35:35 UTC 2004
On Friday 09 July 2004 12:06 pm, Ceri Davies wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 09, 2004 at 10:38:52AM -0400, Leonard Zettel wrote:
> > Things like DTD are not English, they
> > are jargon! They place an unnecessary
> > burden on the reader. This burden
> > falls most heavily on newbies and
> > (I would imagine) people to whom
> > English is a second (or third or fourth)
> > language - exactly the people who
> > most need the help of clear documentation.
> > At a minimum I plead for the following rule:
> > all uses of acronyms in any document
> > should include the term fully spelled out
> > at the first appearance of said acronym.
> Well, there's a work in progress(ish) to have the first use of an
> acronym expand to a link to it's entry in the glossary. This can't
> happen until the glossary is full. Help to fill it.
Love to! How?
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