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From Diana Shannon <>
Subject Re: file naming convention
Date Mon, 06 May 2002 10:44:35 GMT

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?


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