Re: Semicolon Survey

Subject: Re: Semicolon Survey
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 09:45:12 -0600

Robert wrote:

> ...I learned a long time ago that you can't dumb stuff down to the
> least common denominator without dropping a lot of content on the floor.

Okay, I'll bite.

Give me an example of tech writing where changing a passage that has a
semicolon into a passage that uses some other construction would
necessarily "drop a lot of content on the floor."

Obviously, snippets of code that contain a semicolon are not applicable to
this argument; instead, we are talking only about a semicolon used as a
grammatical device.

And we don't seem to be talking about the same thing when we discuss
people with a "low level of reading skill." People I would assign that
attribute to simply do not read recreationally, whether it's Wodehouse or
Cartland. And for that matter, by your logic should we assume Hemingway
was writing dumbed-down stuff for fifth-graders?

Keith Cronin
Who needs abs of steel? I've got abs of Pilsbury!

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