RE: Whaddaya know? (long)

Subject: RE: Whaddaya know? (long)
From: "Cindy K. Kight" <Cindy -dot- Kight -at- Marconi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 15:03:16 -0700

<Lots of artists create amazing art without formal training. We are not
creating art. We are writing technical documentation. The rules are

I agree. Actually, this was just meant to be a comment on the idea that
someone couldn't compose music without a formal knowledge of music theory.

However, some writers naturally write great technical documentation without
knowing that they're using active voice instead of passive voice (or other
generally-accepted rules). An editor might be able do the same but would
have a limited ability to educate writers so they could improve. However, a
great editor would know the rules and be able to communicate what they are
and how they work.

Cindy Kight


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