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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
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German to English
Dec 14, 2002

I just came across this EU style guide for documents written in English but haven\'t had a chance to evaluate it. Is anyone else familiar with it? Any opinions?



http://eur-op.eu.int/code/en/en-000500.htm


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Ken Cox  Identity Verified
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looks good on brief examination Dec 14, 2002

A lot of this is pretty specific to the preparation and publishing of EU documents (and may thus be valuable for people involved in such work), but I looked briefly at Part 4 (\'Publications in English\') and was quite happy with what I found (in other words, I agree with it...). The advice on using full stops, for instance, is good ammunition for defending against clients who get all out of shape when they see \'Mr Jones\' instead of \'Mr. Jones\'. However, it should be noted that the style recommended in this document is quite specficially British English.

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Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
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EU Style Guide Dec 15, 2002

I agree with Kenneth that it is specifically related to British English but it gives you the standard form for such things as countries and certain abbreviations. For example you can consult the List of countries, territories and currencies which includes the ISO code. I\'ve been using it for a couple of years and it has served me well.

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Magda Dziadosz  Identity Verified
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It's not only English Dec 15, 2002

under the same address you will find EU style guides in the following languages:

Castellano, Dansk, Deutsch, Ellinika, English, Francais, Italiano, Nederlands, Portuges, Suomi, Svenska.

It is useful for all who translate for European institutions.



Magda


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Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
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UK English Dec 16, 2002

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However, it should be noted that the style recommended in this document is quite specficially British English.





Righly so, as only the UK is part of EU, and the big U.S. of A. is not (however hard they try to impose on Europe certain elements of their foreign policy).

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