The repeated/quoted text in your message

Subject: The repeated/quoted text in your message
From: "MMdeaton" <mmdeaton -at- mmdeaton -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 10:55:40 -0700

In response to Cindy Kight:

I would like to meet a technical writer who is doing everything right and
doesn't know it. In my too many years of experience, it just does not
happen. Technical writers who know to use active voice got writing training
somewhere, and they know the difference between active voice and passive
voice. They may have learned it in school. They may have learned it in
college. Or they may have learned it from an editor.
I find it easier to teach a good writer about computers or software than to
teach a technically savvy person about writing.

And to John Gilger, I think this thread is not about nits, but about whether
people in our
so-called profession know the fundamental tool they work with - the English

Mary Deaton
(206) 323-0701
New used books added today:

> > > <Lots of artists create amazing art without formal training. We are
> > > creating art. We are writing technical documentation. The rules are
> > > different.>
> > >
> > > I agree. Actually, this was just meant to be a comment on the idea
> > > someone couldn't compose music without a formal knowledge of music
> > >
> > >
> > > However, some writers naturally write great technical documentation
> > without
> > > knowing that they're using active voice instead of passive voice (or
> > > generally-accepted rules). An editor might be able do the same but
> > > have a limited ability to educate writers so they could improve.
> > a
> > > great editor would know the rules and be able to communicate what they
> > > and how they work.
> > >
> > > Cindy Kight
> > >


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