Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: "John Fleming" <johntwrl -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 23:25:01 -0700

""Deborah S. Ray"" <debray -at- raycomm -dot- com> wrote in message
news:3C8CB1B7 -dot- 971DADBE -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- -dot- -dot-
> Greetings,
> We've updated the TECHWR-L Poll with a new question:
> As a technical writer learning tools or technologies,
> how valuable have you generally found formal training
> to be?
> * Extremely valuable
> * Somewhat valuable
> * Moderately valuable
> * Slightly valuable
> * Not valuable at all
> * I have not taken formal training
> * Other/none of the above

I've never had any formal training in technical writing.

My formal English education consists of an English minor tacked onto an
economics degree, and to borrow an idea from Winston Churchill, that
taught me how to write the basic English sentence.

To that, I've added a couple of continuing education courses in adult
education--neither of which provided enough depth to be really useful.

In terms of useful stuff, I've found the reading of thick tomes on
technical writing and related subjects, and even thicker tomes on
application software, much more useful.

John Fleming
Technical Communication Contractor/ SAS Programmer/ Counter of Inmates
Edmonton, Alberta

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