Re: Favorite TW Book?

Subject: Re: Favorite TW Book?
From: Charles E Vermette <cvermette -at- juno -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 08:59:55 -0500

Steven Brown laments that:

<<<My pet peeve with most books about tech writing (as well as those
about other writing genres) is the discussion of grammar, punctuation,
capitalization, etc. -- basic concepts that should be understood and
mastered before beginning a career in technical writing. I may be wrong,
but I recall these topics were even covered in graduate-level TW courses;
it's hard to believe that someone pursuing a master's degree needs to
learn about subject-verb agreement or using the active voice...>>>

The worst tech writer I've ever worked with - the quintessential "I don't
need to know the subject matter" type - had a master's degree in tech

There have been occasions where I (literally) have slammed down printouts
of her work in disgust after having to redo her syntactical errors (on
top of her Framemaker atrocities, her lack of any sense of information
design, her complete lack of understanding of the product, and complete
inability to index...)

I hope this experience is not indicative of the value of a Master's in
Tech Writing. I'll stick with brushing up on my programming skills...


Charles E. Vermette
85 Washington Park Drive, Norwell MA 02061
e-mail: cvermette -at- juno -dot- com

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