Re: Real Writers - WRITE

Subject: Re: Real Writers - WRITE
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2000 18:38:33 -0700

Dan Roberts wrote:
> I think I disagree on this point. Sure, you can organize information that you
> don't understand, and might use clues internal to the information to determine
> what/when/how to present information to yr reader. But the more you learn about
> yr subject matter, the more you'll know when that presentation is right, and
> when something is missing or inaccurate.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Shaeffer <jims -at- spsi -dot- com>
> >I succeed if my audience gets the knowledge that _they_ need when _they_
> >need it.
> >
> >By this definition of success, it matters not one whit if I understand beans
> >about my subject. All that matters is that that my presentation communicates
> >the knowledge to my audience.
> >
> >The knowledge in my mind is irrelevant. The knowledge imparted to my
> >audience is what matters. Isn't that what usability testing is all about?

Maybe we should make a distinction about the type or depth of
knowledge needed. Depending on their audiences, writers may not need
a programmer's understanding of their subject. However, they
inevitably need an advanced user's knowledge.

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
604.421.7189 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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