Tammy, It seems to me that "and" changes the meaning entirely!
When you say "If A, then B." It means that if A occurs or exists, B will follow or exist. If you say "If A, and then B." The sentence is rendered incomplete. It makes B part of the original IF clause (I wouldn't use a comma when "anding" two items) and leaves you hanging, waiting for the other shoe to drop. "If A and then B, then C will soon follow. For example: "If the new editor prevails, and then the boss buys into it, then you have no choice but to type up your resume." Jim -----Original Message----- From: framers-bounces+jlight=pillardata....@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces+jlight=pillardata.com at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Tammy.VanBoening at jeppesen.com Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2006 10:22 AM To: framers at frameusers.com Subject: OT: Syntax for if/then statement All, I am hoping the fellow writers on this list can provide some information for this request. Another writer here at Jeppesen and I have always used the following syntax for a conditional/causal statement: If <blah, blah>, then <blah, blah>. We have a new editor that just joined who is in the process of defining our styles and standards. Obviously, everyone has an opinion about what is "right" and what is "wrong" in editing . . .in many cases, it's so subjective. That said, when we have our editorial meetings about defining our styles and standards, you need to be prepared with some factual support for a certain type of style or standard - not just the emotional "because we've always done it this way." Years ago, I had such a reference for writing if/then statements this way - I don't remember which manual I referenced. Our new editor wants to add the word "and" to such statements - if <blah, blah>, AND then <blah, blah>. Both I and the other writer disagree with the editor on this one - it should be just if/then - no "and." I have tried for the life of me to find a documentation reference that would support this syntax (something like Sun's Read Me First guide, etc), and although I know I had one in the past, I can't find it now. Googling only leads me to programming references - the thin thread here would be since we are writing software documentation, if/then, would make sense, since that's where the if/then statement syntax was developed, but. . . . Any and all references/advice would be much appreciated. TIA, TVB Tammy Van Boening Senior Technical Writer Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc. 303-328-4420 tammy.vanboening at jeppesen.com _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as jlight at pillardata.com. Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. To unsubscribe send a blank email to framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com or visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/jlight%40pillardata. com Send administrative questions to lisa at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.