he, she, whatever?

Andrew Plumb andrew at plumb.org
Sun Mar 18 17:55:39 PST 2001


On Sun, 18 Mar 2001, Simon Perreault wrote:
> On Sunday 18 March 2001 13:49, Thomas 'Balu' Walter wrote:
> > Is "a user" usually male, female or "both" in english books?
> 
> I think a user would be a "he", but I'm biased since a user is always male in 
> French (utilisateur), and we have a female counterpart (utilisatrice). 
> Couldn't you make it an "it"?
[deletia]

How about alternating between he and she between sections or chapters?  
Definitely keep it consistent within a section though.  I've noticed this
sort of practice in a lot of more recent engineering and technical books
and resources.

Andrew.

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