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Eclair Cameras: Bad Spelling on an ACL Forum?? Why not?


At the risk of you writing another reply essay - I'm with Raymond on this. Spelling is a common courtesy on the Internet as much as table manners are a common courtesy in a restaurant. It's called social etiquette.

If you don't have a spell check than can I recommend this web site:-

You just cut and paste your text into the box and it only takes seconds. You should also consider using a capital letter every once in a while to start your sentences. Elementary grade information - not something I would have thought needed mentioning.

Now if you think people are getting at you, then you are probably right. Bad spelling irritates some people more than others - just like smoking in public places annoys some non-smokers more than others. I'm one of the annoyed bunch. Also, I've had the same discussion with someone on another forum who was adamant that it was his right to spell as badly as he wanted. It is completely your right, as much as it's our right to complain when you do. Furthermore, I personally feel loathe to assist you or encourage you in your DVD project because it makes me wonder if you will adopt the same dismissive attitude to your film-making as you do to your writing. "Who cares if it's badly lit and you can't see what's going on! I have to do a hundred shots a day like this. People who complain have nothing better going on in their lives..." Blah, blah, blah. People who defend bad spelling, like people who defend bad film-making come across as being arrogant and ignorant. And I wouldn't want to watch their films like I don't want to read their texts.

You are entitled to disagree, but if you are going about the profession of film-making can I suggest you adopt a professional attitude from the outset. As you are also working on a film about the delicate art of engineering - something that requires an almost religious exactitude to detail - this advice might serve you in good stead. Take it as an insult if you want, it's up to you.

Before anyone else mentions it, what's a thread about bad spelling doing on an ACL forum? I'd like to think that every once in a while we can express a little off-topic subjects being the like-minded (mostly) people that we are.

Eric, before you go, pleease reaed thiss larst sentance. its thee grumatikul eqivulunt of drivung ovver a catttle grid und itt makkes u feell nuseus, dusnt itt???

(All cut and pasted and spell checked in Microsoft word adding an extra ten seconds to my writing and a lot more comfort to your reading)


Robert Latimer

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