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Re: Comment on introduction pages

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Comment on introduction pages
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2010 18:55:58 -0600
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On 06/04/2010 10:00 AM, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
> Hello,
> * Eric Blake wrote on Fri, Jun 04, 2010 at 04:26:49AM CEST:
>> I'm not the automake maintainer.
> But I am.  And I will rewrite its manual to just use the simplest
> gender-neutral alternative, namely, speaking to and about "you",
> the user, or "you", the developer.

Ralf, kudos on coming up with a workable alternative that skirts the
issue of 3rd person gender altogether!  I agree that GNU manuals are a
perfect place to direct conversation to the reader, but I've grown too
accustomed to avoiding 2nd person due to my background in other
technical writing venues where 2nd person is frowned upon.

Overall, I think that this email thread is another great example of why
open source works - with enough readers, there's someone that can come
up with an alternative solution.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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