#355 Need to standardi[s|z]e spelling

GREEN
closed
5
2012-03-26
2012-02-25
No

As initially raised on ticket 3487827, spelling of words in the Guidelines such as "standardise" varies between -ise and -ize. We need to standardize on one spelling variant, probably with z, and create a list of words to which this applies and a list of exceptions (if there are any) which should stay with -ise. I've started a discussion on the Council list, and I'm creating a ticket to separate this issue from the others on the original ticket.

Discussion

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2012-03-13
    • milestone: --> GREEN
     
  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2012-03-13

    I'm marking this green on the assumption that we all agree what needs to be done, and have confidence that Martin will do it!

     
  • Martin Holmes

    Martin Holmes - 2012-03-14

    Rev 10162: changed the following from -s to -z: "normalize", "standardize", "specialize".

     
  • Martin Holmes

    Martin Holmes - 2012-03-14

    Rev 1063: "realize", "regularize", "summarize".

     
  • Martin Holmes

    Martin Holmes - 2012-03-14

    <sic>1063</sic>
    <corr>10163</corr>

     
  • Martin Holmes

    Martin Holmes - 2012-03-14

    Rev 10164: "categorize", "authorize", "recognize", "parenthesize", "organize", "characterize".

     
  • Martin Holmes

    Martin Holmes - 2012-03-14

    I think I'm done for now on these. For the purposes of our style guide, I've listed the words I've changed from -s to -z in the comments below, but I should also record that I used the online OED to check these, and where the OED's headword was listed as -ize, that's what I used (even where the OED recorded the existence of an -ise variant).

    I don't know whether we could standardize on the OED for spelling purposes -- it might be to Brit-centric -- but we can use it as the arbiter for this particular issue, and I hereby propose recording this in the style guide.

     
  • Kevin Hawkins

    Kevin Hawkins - 2012-03-24

    Our styleguide talks using a neutral variety of English that is maximally comprehensible to the various varieties of English. If we are going to choose a particular dictionary, I don't see how we can avoid having one that's particular to a variety of English. The only downside I see to the OED is that it's not freely available online for us to consult. But I can live with that.

     
  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2012-03-26
    • status: open --> closed
     
  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2012-03-26

    Closing ticket since Martin says he has both implemented and documented this!

     

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