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Q&A Acronyms in Technical Writing

posted over 5 years ago by ggiaquin16‭  ·  last activity almost 3 years ago by System‭

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#3: Initial revision by user avatar ggiaquin16‭ · 2019-12-08T06:40:51Z (almost 3 years ago)
I have most commonly seen it the other way around.

> .... North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO).....

I have also seen it as:

> .... North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO for short,....

I have not seen it done in the way you described, but that also does not necessarily make it incorrect. It depends on context. When writing it in an article, or essay, it is usually strongly urged to write it out with the full name and then provide the acronym in parentheses afterwards. This usually designates to the reader that anything with that acronym thereafter represents the full name first mentioned.

The way you provided is usually provided as an appendix for people to be able to look up as a side to the writing.

#2: Attribution notice added by user avatar System‭ · 2019-12-08T06:40:51Z (almost 3 years ago)
Source: https://writers.stackexchange.com/a/28862
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#1: Imported from external source by user avatar System‭ · 2017-06-22T18:11:38Z (over 5 years ago)
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