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RE: [BULK] Re: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing
Subject:RE: [BULK] Re: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing From:Mike McCallister <mike -dot- mccallister -at- pkware -dot- com> To:Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:47:42 +0000
I like Gene's idea here. Our mainframe docs have had this use of "reference" for a very long time, usually when citing IBM documentation that we don't directly link to. It still jars me when I read it. If I'm editing some section for another reason, I will often change 'reference' to 'see,' but only if it makes sense.
"Reference" almost universally is used to describe an external information source. That said, if the company is already using it and customers don't seem to have a problem understanding the documents, I wouldn't expend any energy going to battle over it. "Proper" is not necessarily the same as "important."
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