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== Short version ==
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Instead of:
 
 
 
don't, won't, it's, can't, there's, ...
 
 
 
...use:
 
 
 
do not, will not, it is, cannot, there is, ...
 
 
 
[[File:Contractions.png]]
 
 
 
[[File:Contractions2.png]]
 
 
 
== Longer version ==
 
 
 
In general, contractions (such as the examples above) should not be used when writing user-interface strings, for two main reasons:
 
 
 
* contractions are avoided in formal writing
 
* they make English text harder to understand for non-native readers (and although [http://l10n.kde.org/ KDE has great translation teams], the original English string is used if no translation exists)
 
 
 
For further discussion on this issue, in general, see the following blog post: [http://www.businesswritingblog.com/business_writing/2006/04/dont_use_contra.html Don't Use Contractions?]
 

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