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RE: Use of pronouns in style doc

From: Ishida, Richard <Richard.Ishida@gbr.xerox.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 16:05:44 +0100
Message-ID: <8EAC52A94CD8D411A01000805FBB37766F8052@gbrwgcms02.wgc.gbr.xerox.com>
To: "Ishida, Richard" <Richard.Ishida@gbr.xerox.com>, "'spec-prod@w3.org'" <spec-prod@w3.org>
Cc: "'duerst@w3.org'" <duerst@w3.org>, "'i18n-editor@w3.org'" <i18n-editor@w3.org>
... and in fact, the paragraph mentioned below may be better placed after
the para in 5.2 Translations, that begins "Although technical reports are
written in ...".

RI

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ishida, Richard 
> Sent: 12 October 2001 15:45
> To: 'spec-prod@w3.org'
> Cc: 'duerst@w3.org'; 'i18n-editor@w3.org'
> Subject: Use of pronouns in style doc
> 
> 
> Although all the points Martin makes in
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-international/2000AprJ
> un/0058 are
> indubitably true, I think it would be better to express the rule as:
> 
> "First person pronouns ('I', 'we') should not be used *in the text of
> examples* because this can be hard to translate. See [PRONOUNS]."  
> 
> And I think it would be better for [PRONOUNS] to point to 
> something that
> clearly includes the example Martin used in
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-xml-linking-comments/2
000JanMar/0079
.html (final paragraph)

Of course, in normal text the process of translation would take care of
rendering the meaning in culturally acceptable syntax, and pronouns would
not be an issue (unless you used machine translation - which I wouldn't
recommend). 

Cheers,
RI
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Richard Ishida
Globalisation Consultant,
International Document & User Interface Design
Xerox
tel: +44 1707 353395 (Voicemail always available)
http://www.xerox-emea.com/globaldesign/
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