In technical writing, I often find there's a choice between using "e.g." and "etc.". Lets look at an example:
- You could use an ORM, e.g. SQLAlchemy, Storm.
- You could use an ORM: SQLAlchemy, Storm, etc.
I'm coming to the conclusion that it almost always makes for punchier writing to use the second style. Is this a widely recognised style?
Thanks for the answers so far. I am fully aware of the meaning of "e.g." and "etc." which I thought would be obvious from my question. In this example, both could be used, and it is a matter of style which one.
The suggestions to avoid abbreviations make a lot of sense. I've realise I prefer "such as" to "for example" and I prefer "and others" to "and so on". This makes the choice:
- You could use an ORM, such as SQLAlchemy, Storm.
- You could use an ORM: SQLAlchemy, Storm, and others.
Interestingly, I prefer the first of these.