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Abbreviations for "with or without"

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My boyfriend is giving a presentation in English and needs the abbreviations for:

 

Without = I think this is "w/o" (ex. child seat w/o padded inlay)

 

With or without - this one I do not know... mayb "with or w/o"?

 

Help!

Thanks!

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I'm not convinced that there are any official abbreviations, although many use w/o as you mention

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w/ = with

w/o = without

 

I would only ever use these when writing notes to myself or informal correspondence. I would never use them in a presentation.

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Perhaps it's:

 

w/- or w/o

 

Edit: I'm assuming he wanted to use both the with and the without together in one phrase.

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Well first off its damn informal. Secondly, there is a thread on here, started by someone who doesn't know the abbreviations.

 

I would certainly not include some ambiguous abbreviation into a presentation. If you run out of room then just say that it is with or without whatever your describing.

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If space is so tight, either drop the point size or rewrite the english. Abbreviations that are confusing are hardley going to help people to understand a presentation.

 

with or w/-? only one character difference. But hey ho! Each to his own.

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Why would you not use them in a presentation? If you have very limited space, of course you would use them. Why not?

same reason you wouldn't use sms speak in a presentation I guess

 

If space is tight then your powerpoint slide or whatever it is is most probably far too full of text already. I would only use 'official' abbreviations such as etc. or e.g.

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The only possibly acceptable abbreviation (according to my various style guides) is "with/without". As you can see from other comments, the abbreviations of each require the same slash which is used as an abbreviation for "or"; multiple use would make it too confusing. Dolfan's completely correct: any abbreviation of with/without is informal.

 

woof.

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I wouldn't use w/ and w/o in a prepared presentation (e.g. Powerpoint) even separately, although I see nothing wrong with it if you're jotting things down while talking (provided your audience knows what they mean). However, I don't see how you could use them together since each one needs a slash as it is.

 

One possible solution might be to use plus and minus signs, e.g. "child seat +/- padded inlay".

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ppt slide is likely to be a bad one if there is a need to save the few characters you would save by using w/ or w/o.

 

around 6 high level concepts per side is all that should be used, with the presentation talking around the slides, not reading the slides.

 

that is all.

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OK, thanks for the help. I passed along the information. I'll let him decide.

I told him that he should spell them out but, if he finds it absolutely necessary to have abbreviations, he should use 'w/ or w/o"

 

Thanks!

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