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Subject:RE: Re: Best Documentation From:"Anthony Markatos" <tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com> To:CBacker -at- glhec -dot- org, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com Date:Wed, 09 Feb 2000 08:30:19 PST
Corinne Backer said:
Okay, now we've lost sight of reality. Come on. Of COURSE it happens!
Projects DO fail due to lack of [writing] skill ........You can't Plan and
Standardize an unintelligible sentence into helpful instructions; you've
gotta have someone at the keyboard who can write.
Tony Markatos responds:
In fifteen years of technical communications experience (both as a TW and as
a Systems Analyst), I have never see a project run into significant problems
because of poor writing technique. And, the older I get, the more I believe
in the old saying, "Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you
Don't get me wrong, I have see all kinds of failure (i.e., lack of skill).
It is just that writing technique has not been a major issue.