Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 08:53:43 -0500
From: Scott Ann M ams8950[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]USL.EDU
Subject: Re: a taste of mla
Editing programs are more available for email now than they used to be.
This makes it much easier to clean up our communications. I, however,
am still using the basic unix mail command and have only a backspace
key (sometimes not even that for mysterious reasons) with which to correct
the many typing errors I make. If I hit enter and make a new line before
I catch the error, there is no way to correct it.
As a technical communicator though, I applaud any move in the direction of
more careful electronic speech - not because of any prescriptivist leanings
for I have few, but in the interest of quick, clear communication of content.
Even online, for me anyway, errors call attention away from the message
and thus slow or impede the flow.