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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: file naming convention
Date Thu, 09 May 2002 13:00:00 GMT
Diana Shannon wrote:
> On May 5, 2002, David Crossley wrote:
> > Another issue to add to the list is standard spelling.
> > Considering that we are talking English, i would prefer
> > to see British English spelling rather than a dialect,
> > such as Americanization. For example:
> > howto-visualise-sitemap.html rather than
> > howto-visualize-sitemap.html
> I'm sorry, I think this is nitpicking. The meaning remains clear,
> regardless of how it's spelled. If you think it's an issue, we could try
> to avoid words that have multiple spellings within file names. As for
> spelling within documents themselves, let's just make sure spelling is
> consistent -- within a particular document -- regardless of whether it's
> British, American, or some other variation. It's hard enough for
> non-native authors to express themselves in English. Why have them worry
> needlessly about a particular spelling convention? Why add a layer of
> work for editors?
> Don't get me wrong, I have *tremendous* respect for British English. Two
> of my most important editing references are my hefty two-volume edition
> of the Oxford English dictionary as well as Fowler's Modern English
> Usage. Grammar/expression is one thing, spelling is another. As an
> author, it simply isn't intuitive for me to follow British spelling
> conventions. As an editor, I'll respect whatever spelling convention the
> author chooses. However, if British English fares better than American
> English in machine translation, for example, at Google, then I'd be
> willing to change my habits. I would guess they are treated equally.
> Does anyone know?

Let's use the good old respectful style: the author of the document
decides the URI (following the conventions, of course) and we keep it
for respect (as long as it doesn't contain spelling mistakes, in that
case it gets corrected).

Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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