I have the issue that I need to fit the word synchronisiert in a column header (computer program) where I don't have the space.

Is there some accepted 'shortened form' or abbreviation that I can use, let's say 8-9 characters?

  • There is nothing wrong with sync., I'd say. Not exactly an official abbreviation (is there such a thing?), but should be understood by your audience.
    – Ingmar
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 9:49

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the official abbreviation is : "sync."

  • This sounds ambiguous, as it can also stand for the action synchronisieren (which implies the exact opposite, namely that the column is not currently synchronisiert). Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 11:42
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    I think you should specify what you mean by 'official'. Did you find it in a dictionary? Is it recommended by some screen writers' association or something?
    – user2183
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 11:48
  • Do you have a source/reference for this?
    – Gerhard
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 23:45

In case we have a space of 8-9 characters we may also consider to not abbreviate at all but use the adjective stem "synchron" (synchronous) instead of the verb:


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