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bug #64711: Suggestion for rewording on https://octave.org/about

Submitter:  Robert <robertf>
Submitted:  Sat 23 Sep 2023 12:51:06 PM UTC
   
 
Category:  Octave website Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Documentation
Status:  Fixed Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  * Closed
Release:  * stable Operating System:  * Any
Fixed Release:  None Planned Release:  None
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Sat 02 Dec 2023 01:17:10 PM UTC, comment #5: 

Thank you Rober and Nick for the suggestions.  I added the suggestion from comment #4:

https://github.com/gnu-octave/gnu-octave.github.io/commit/75741aac10a23fa44bc193b40fb918fe7e6580e4

Closing this report.  If more changes are desired, please, either discuss on this commit or file a new pull request on GitHub.

Kai Torben Ohlhus <siko1056>
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Sat 23 Sep 2023 09:56:05 PM UTC, comment #4: 

If it is indeed a single author who is referred to in the sentence, then I would suggest '... is actually the name of one of the author's former professors, Octave Levenspiel, who wrote a famous textbook ...', adding an 's' and two commas. Given the 4th paragraph on the page, that would reasonably be interpreted as referring to John W. Eaton, in spite of the reference to 'many others'.

Robert <robertf>
Sat 23 Sep 2023 05:04:17 PM UTC, comment #3: 

I think it was a single author program when it was first written, so author should probably be singular in whichever form is best

Nicholas Jankowski <nrjank>
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Sat 23 Sep 2023 03:35:44 PM UTC, comment #2: 

In addition to the commas, I've made 'professor' plural. I think the apostrophe is correct, because the professor is a member of the set of professors of both authors. It might be more clear in one sense to say 'one of the professors of one of the authors, Octave Levenspiel', but that would make it seem that the name belonged to the author rather than to the professor.

Another possibility is: '... it is actually the name of Octave Levenspiel, a former professor of one of the authors. He wrote a famous textbook on chemical reaction engineering, and he was also well known ...'.

Robert <robertf>
Sat 23 Sep 2023 03:16:19 PM UTC, comment #1: 

I agree with the comma placement.  Is the possessive apostrophe correct though? I believe author is singular (John).

Nicholas Jankowski <nrjank>
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Sat 23 Sep 2023 12:51:06 PM UTC, original submission:  

The following wording is grammatically incorrect: '... is actually the name of one of the author’s former professor Octave Levenspiel who wrote a famous textbook ...'.

I would suggest the following: '... is actually the name of one of the authors' former professors, Octave Levenspiel, who wrote a famous textbook ...'.

- Robert

Robert <robertf>

 

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