RE: Technical editing vs. technical writing?

Subject: RE: Technical editing vs. technical writing?
From: "Doug Grossman" <Doug -dot- Grossman -at- sas -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 14:48:51 -0400


I should clarify, to be fair.

I did use "fondling fonts" as a euphimism, but I probably should have used it better, or used an entirely different one. I used the phrase not so much to assert that they were worried about fonts and layout, per se, but more to assert that they are probably focused a little bit less on writing content as Andrew might like, inasmuch as they don't do a lot of original writing, I don't think. It seems like no matter how I put it, I'm describing them in a negative light, but it's not meant to come across that way, as I respect what they do.

Maybe I need to hire a writer to try to describe this better. <g>

-----Original Message-----
From: Hart, Geoff [mailto:Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA]
Subject: Technical editing vs. technical writing?

Doug Grossman reports: <<My guess would be that the technical editors fondle fonts the most,
"pubs" probably hardly at all, and my group is somewhere in the middle.>>

You're joking, right? Why are your editors wasting their time "fondling
fonts"? (I assume a euphemism for playing with layouts.)

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