I recently wrote a blog entry about the use of contractions in MSDN Magazine. First, I want to thank the many, many responders to that – I’m amazed, and quite happy, that so many of you took the time to tell me what you thought. I love how engaged you all are in the magazine, especially about something that can be a bit esoteric.
Second, I wanted to let you know that feedback is running more than 5-to-1 in favor of keeping contractions, and that it doesn’t seem to be a problem for most of our non-U.S. audience. Personally, I favor contractions because they enhance readability (in my opinion). I’m not a big fan of the formal tone that doesn’t allow contractions, and although MSDN is a serious magazine, that doesn’t mean the style has to be uber-stiff.
Thus, we’ll keep using contractions in print and online. Many thanks, again, for all contributions to this topic; your feedback has been invaluable.
Editor in Chief