Sometimes, text contains unnecessary words. Removing unnecessary words has the following benefits:
- The text is clearer to read.
- Because there is less text, the text is faster to read.
- Because there is less text, the cost of translation is decreased.
The examples are from a project in which a set of old reference manuals was updated. By choosing words carefully, the number of words was decreased. (Decreasing the number of words is not the same as minimalism.)
In the table that follows, the first column shows the old text, and the second column shows the new text. The new text is much shorter than the old text. (Clearly, text cannot always be simplified.)
|Old text||New text|
|A feature sometimes referred to as||This is called|
|As a means of entering||To enter|
|Despite the fact that||Although|
|have been designed to provide||provide|
|is also displayed on the screen||is displayed|
|It is important to remember that||[none]|
|It should be borne in mind, however, that if||However, if|
|Select the command to insert the protocol entry by typing||Type|
|The <name> word processor provides a set of commands to allow you to||You can|
|The spelling checker scans the entire document from the top downwards||[none]|
|The system also provides you with the opportunity to create||You can also create|
|The text can be modified in the required fashion||Modify the text|
|To record the fact that||To record that|
|Type the exact wording of the item you want to encode||Type the new code|
|Using this technique also allows you to move||You can move|