Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: Christine -dot- Anameier -at- seagate -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 10:27:08 -0600

Deborah Ray introduced a new poll question:
> As a technical writer, I consider a consistently-applied
> corporate style guide to be:
> * Intolerably constraining
> * Marginally constraining
> * Neither constraining nor liberating
> * Marginally liberating
> * Extremely liberating
> * Other/none of the above

I think that depends entirely on how good the style guide is, and how
appropriate it is for the document at hand--i.e., are its guidelines aimed
toward good writing rather than just avoiding grammatical bogeymen like the
nefarious split infinitive? Does it take the needs of different media into
account? Was it written by people with some sense of vision and sense, or
was it emitted by a committee with vague or conflicting goals? Do I find
its guidelines sensible or counterproductive? The first time I was faced
with a corporate style guide, my first impulse was to rewrite the thing,
which of course was not an option.


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