RE: Jobs in the G.W.N and one quick Q

Subject: RE: Jobs in the G.W.N and one quick Q
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 10:56:38 -0400

Now, I have a question. I am proofreading a What's New document and an
Installation Guide written by a Product Manager (NOT someone you'd call a
Wordsmith, let's just say). My plan, just to save me HOURS of proofreading
and rewriting grief, is to mainly leave the content as is, and just
proofread for spelling, punctuation, any really hideous grammatical issues,
and to clean up the formatting. I could spend days on this puppy if I
really wanted to tidy up the grammar/sentence structure/English language.


If I were in your place, I'd be spending my time verifying that the
instructions actual accomplish the task designed and less on some redundant
words..fix what you find, but don't make it Priority One. I'm in a similar
situation here where I'm getting procedural instructions from people that
English is a second language. The temptation was to correct words...until I
discovered that it was more important to correct the instructions.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
jposada -at- book -dot- com

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