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Cool site!

I'm sure you're getting flooded with emails since being listed on
Netscape's "New Sites." (Or was it cool?) I don't even use
Netscape, normally, but I'm at a class today.

Just a few quick comments. I haven't looked thoroughly at the site,
but these things jumped out at me right away. First of all, referring
to a country as a "her" or "she" is generally thought of as sexist. I'm
not a flaming feminist, just a normal person (well, relatively
normal...). its like always referring to secretaries as "shes" and
doctors as "hes." I guess if you do that, then its par for the course.

Also, watch for unclear antecedents. "I know there are many
historians who will agree and disagree with some of the information
contained within it." Within what? No matter how great your web
organization, if your English isn't clear people aren't going to get
what you are talking about.

I studied medieval history for awhile at Fordham University in the
US. Had grammar, clear writing, gender inclusive language beaten
into my skull, so I view everything through this lens. Scholarly types
(not that I claim to be one) pay attention to that stuff, so if you want
them to really get into your site I would go through the writing with a
fine-toothed comb. Ok. Enough crabbing.

I'm looking forward to spending more time at your site. Good luck
keeping it up!



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copyright Glen Ray Crack - Battle - East Sussex - United Kingdom
Submitted 10th January 1998
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