Re: One more thought on "Fast" and "Slow" Writers

Subject: Re: One more thought on "Fast" and "Slow" Writers
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 11:38:05 -0400

Sorry letoured, but the only person on the list that doesn't get it is yourself.
Refer to the Mirriam Websters definitions of Fast and Slow below if you don't
believe everyone who've been trying to get you to see their point. The is
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in the definition or concept of Slow vs. Fast that covers
correctness, thoroughness, accuracy, completeness, or complexity of task.

I challenge you to come down from the pedestal on which you have placed yourself
and drop the attitude against software writers and try to contribute to the
discussion in an intelligent manner. Guess what. Lot's of those lowly software
writers (letoured's opinion not mine) write documentation for very serious and
critical applications. Medical, pharmaceutical, financial, engineering, complex
database, of which many may affect the health and safety of users or mean the
success or failure of large organizations that are using the applications.

If you produce documentation appreciatively slower than another writer or take
longer to comprehend your subject matter than an other, and your output is
comparatively similar. You're out of a job. If you keep your job, the faster
writer may just be the person who started this thread complaining about you and
wondering how they can handle having to put up with you. Which I believe is what
this thread was before it degenerated into putting down others.

Eric L. Dunn

Definitions follow:

Main Entry: 1slow
Pronunciation: 'slO
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English slAw; akin to Old High German slEo
Date: before 12th century
1 a : mentally dull : STUPID <a slow student> b : naturally inert or sluggish
2 a : lacking in readiness, promptness, or willingness b : not hasty or
precipitate <was slow to anger>
3 a : moving, flowing, or proceeding without speed or at less than usual speed
<traffic was slow> b : exhibiting or marked by low speed <he moved with slow
deliberation> c : not acute <a slow disease> d : LOW, GENTLE <slow fire>
4 : requiring a long time : GRADUAL <a slow recovery>
5 : having qualities that hinder rapid progress or action <a slow track>
6 a : registering behind or below what is correct <the clock is slow> b : less
than the time indicated by another method of reckoning c : that is behind the
time at a specified time or place
7 a : lacking in life, animation, or gaiety : BORING b : marked by reduced sales
or patronage <business was slow>

Main Entry: 1fast
Pronunciation: 'fast
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fæst; akin to Old High German festi
firm, Old Norse fastr, Armenian hast
Date: before 12th century
1 a : firmly fixed <roots fast in the ground> b : tightly shut <the drawers were
fast> c : adhering firmly d : not easily freed : STUCK <a ball fast in the mouth
of the cannon> e : STABLE <movable items were made fast to the deck>
2 : firmly loyal <became fast friends>
3 a : characterized by quick motion, operation, or effect: (1) : moving or able
to move rapidly : SWIFT (2) : taking a comparatively short time (3) : imparting
quickness of motion <a fast bowler> (4) : accomplished quickly (5) : agile of
mind; especially : quick to learn <a class for fast students> b : conducive to
rapidity of play or action c (1) of a timepiece or weighing device : indicating
in advance of what is correct (2) : according to or being daylight saving time d
: contributing to a shortening of exposure time <fast film> e : acquired with
unusually little effort and often by shady or dishonest methods <had a keen eye
for a fast buck -- R. A. Keith>
4 a : securely attached <a rope fast to the wharf> b : TENACIOUS <a fast hold on
her purse>
5 a archaic : sound asleep b of sleep : not easily disturbed
6 : not fading or changing color readily
7 a : WILD <a pretty fast crowd> b : sexually promiscuous
8 : resistant to change (as from destructive action or fading) <fast dyes> --
often used in combination <sunfast> <acid-fast bacteria>
moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. FAST and RAPID are very close in
meaning, but FAST applies particularly to the thing that moves <fast horses> and
RAPID to the movement itself <rapid current>. SWIFT suggests great rapidity
coupled with ease of movement <returned the ball with one swift stroke>. FLEET
adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness <fleet runners>. QUICK suggests
promptness and the taking of little time <a quick wit>. SPEEDY implies quickness
of successful accomplishment <speedy delivery of mail> and may also suggest
unusual velocity. HASTY suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes
carelessness <a hasty inspection>. EXPEDITIOUS suggests efficiency together with
rapidity of accomplishment <the expeditious handling of an order>.

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