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On 20/07/2013 at 17:16, "anne-ology" <> wrote:

       What a great example of a convoluted expression -
            which keeps us, the laymen, from completely understanding this
world of electronics  ;-)

Actually it has nothing to do with "electronics"; rather exchange and market.

Personally, I favor precise and hermetic language. People who need certain 
information will understand; people who don't, they don't care.

          how about changing 'Compute the amount of depreciation at a given
period of time using the Sum-of-the-Years'-Digits method.'
              to read, To compute depreciation, use the
Sum-of-the-Years'-Digits method.

No, because it changes meaning of words.
Sum-of-the-Years'-Digits method is established algorithm in investment; it is 
used by this function internally. You can't tell people to use this method, 
because you will be telling them to look elsewhere while they are looking at 
exactly good place (also, why should brief function description mention any 
other function? There is place in help for that).
Best regards
Mirosław Zalewski

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