C Bites (Rellay Jim's multiple x's)

Richard Welty weltyrp at rpics.UUCP
Sat Oct 26 08:53:14 AEST 1985

> Karl Tombre @ CRIN (Centre de Recherche en Informatique de Nancy) writes:
> Concerning Jim's style:
>      OK  perhaps  we shouldn't  bother  with the  way  people  are using the
> english language in technical groups, but  please keep in mind that the  net
> is international,   and that we poor guys from  a foreign country, who  have
> learnt english at school  and who may have trouble finding the right way for
> writing an english word,  are  rather confused when an  american  spells *SO
> MANY WORDS* in a different way. Seeing some of Jim's entries, I really asked
> myself: "Is this really the right way of writing this word? I always thought
> it was that other  way..." And then you americans are  giving us bad habits.
> Shame on you!!!
For those who do not speak english as a first language, might I recommend
trying to get a copy of Strunk & White, "The Elements of Style".  This
excellent little book should be read by all who attempt to write English
(including Jim).  They even have a small section about people who write the
way that Jim writes.

To relate this back to the fact that this is in a technical discussion, I
will point out that Kernighan and Plauger's "The Elements of Programming
Style" was deliberately patterned after Strunk and White.  This, of course,
is another book that all should read.
				Rich Welty

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