Is it considered unprofessional to use contractions (doesn't instead of does not) in UI. Should I avoid contractions completely or are some ok and some not?

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It depends on your target audience and the voice you are using. You can be quite professional and yet use an informal voice. Check out http://balsamiq.com/ for an example (great tool, BTW).

Contractions are part of informal communication. If you need to remain formal, then do not use them. Also understand that a seemingly easily missed contraction can change the meaning of a sentence. In that case, you shouldn't use them. Finally, if you are writing for an international audience (that uses English), it is probably a good idea to avoid them.

In all other cases, they work well.


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