Re: Q. Expanding acronyms within acronyms

Subject: Re: Q. Expanding acronyms within acronyms
From: Scott McClare <smcclare -at- DY4 -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 17:23:26 -0500

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> From: Peterson Karen [SMTP:Peterson_Karen -at- PRC -dot- COM]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 1998 4:29 PM
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> Subject: Q. Expanding acronyms within acronyms
>We explain acronyms in our documents at their first occurrence
>by expanding the term and then including the acronym in
>parentheses. How do you format something like IOCTL, which is
>an initialism within an initialism?
>input/output (I/O) control (IOCTL)
>I/O control (IOCTL)

I would be inclined to go with:

input/output control (IOCTL)

at first mention (and IOCTL subsequently), since I don't feel it's
really an initialism-within-an-initialism, as you do.

Then, if "input/output" appears separately within the document, you
could do the same for it as an entity in its own right:

input/output (I/O)

Take care,


Scott McClare - Technical Writer
DY 4 Systems Inc., Kanata, Ontario, Canada
(613) 599-9199 x502 smcclare -at- dy4 -dot- com
Opinions are my own

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