Re: Writing conventions

Subject: Re: Writing conventions
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 09:46:44 -0600

Ellen asks:

>Should I revise my writing style?

If the person who issued these rules is your boss, yes.

Rules of style are by nature subjective, and are often arbitrary. The
"magic rule of 7" seems to be gaining popularity in tech writing circles,
but it seems rather arbitrary to me, and I wonder if it would work much
better or worse if the number were 8, or maybe 6. Who knows?

Ultimately, this or any rule should simplify your job, by making it clear
what's expected of you. In your case, find out what the rule-maker
considers to be a "section" and write accordingly.

Good luck!

- Keith Cronin


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