Re: Emoticon policy (was: english/devel/website/working: missing closing parenthesis in cdvendors example)
David Prévot wrote:
> I believe that emoticon can be suitable in personal mail, (e.g. to make
> sure that no reader will take a joke as an attack), but the official
> Debian website (official communication actually) should avoid them.
> <p>Since the Debian web pages are read by non-native speakers of English
> and are translated into other languages, it is best to write in clear and
> -simple English and avoid the use of slang, obscure idioms and old English
> +simple English and avoid the use of slang, emoticons, obscure idioms and old English
I've no problem with this proposal, but the reference to "old English
words" there strikes me as odd. Words that have been in use for a
long time (such as Old English "word") are no problem, as long as they
aren't obsolete! The danger I would have expected people to need to
be warned against is *new* words, in the form of jargon...
Perhaps it should drop that last phrase? And/or try to be clearer
about what (from the point of view of a non-native speaker) might
constitute an "obscure idiom"?