RE: Voice and environment (was RE: Reading and Editing

Subject: RE: Voice and environment (was RE: Reading and Editing
From: "Susan W. Gallagher" <SGallagher -at- akonix -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 13:27:41 -0700

> This leads me to wonder if you folk write differently for
> audiences who are likely to be reading your guides and
> manuals in distracting environments, versus relatively quiet
> surroundings... ??

I always take subvocalization into account when I write. Frequently,
even those who do not ordinarily subvocalize will do so in an effort
to slow their reading speed down to better assimilate technical
information. If you subvocalize, or vocalize for that matter, when
you read what you've written, you can better judge the way the words
flow. You'll never catch that phrase that trips the tongue otherwise.

I think that's why I've never taken to the word "choose". It just
subvocalizes so poorly, I hesitate to ever use it. My mouth works
better on the word "select", even in my head.

-Sue Gallagher
sgallagher -at- akonix -dot- com

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