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Subject:Re: Tech Writer screening questions From:rickk -at- slmd -dot- com To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com Date:Wed, 14 Jun 2000 11:08:20 -0700
I've been a published writer and college teacher of writing for 20 years
and I don't even understand these questions. What, in the context of tech
writing, is a "continuance"? A "directive"? (I presume by "imperative" you
mean imperative mood sentence. If not, then I need to know what
"imperative" is too.)
What continuance and directive should follow the following imperatives (to
give them "quality and depth"?
"Select Utilities from the File menu."
"Double-click the icon."
What does it mean to say that text structure has depth?
Finally, your answer to your own question about prescriptive vs.
descriptive is wrong: A recommendation is no less prescriptive than a
requirement, and descriptive prose includes lots more than just
>How about the following:
> Q: In what instance would you use an imperative vs a continuance vs a
> A: i don't know = not very experienced
> A: An imperative is a ____ and is used to ____; A continuance is a ____
> and is used to _______; A directive is a _____ and is used to ______ =
> somewhat experienced or freshly graduated from college grammar
> A: A document has quality and depth if all imperatives are followed
>by a continuance and have a directive. An example from my portfolio is
______ = experienced
> Q: How do you distinguish prescriptive from descriptive?
> A: Prescriptive would apply to the writing of requirements while
> descriptive would apply to the writing of definitions.
> Q: What tool do you use to check the readability of a document?
> Q: When does text structure matter and how do you test its depth?
> Q: When does the size of the document matter and how do you test it?