Re: Manuals can be important

Subject: Re: Manuals can be important
From: Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- mac -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 11:24:16 -0500

On 12/11/2002 11:05 AM, Greg T (ggthomp -at- attbi -dot- com) wrote:

>From the annual Stella awards:
>This year's favorite could easily be Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City,

Setting aside how off-topic this is, why aren't technical writers more
skeptical of what they hear or read? This alleged court case is
fictional... see <>
for example, and other clearly nonsensical posts have appeared here

I've worked with numerous writers accepted blindly whatever a developer
told them (or what they thought they heard from a developer), even if it
didn't make sense (and I would say so to them, only to be told that the
developer had said it, so it had to be true). The writer never checked it
out, so the nonsense was documented, at least in the first draft. A
little more checking would have cleared the whole matter up.

There's more similarity between tech. writing and journalism than most
people think, and the need to verify your sources (with a dose of healthy
skepticism) is one of those similarities.


Check out SnagIt - The Screen Capture Standard!
Download a free 30-day trial from
Find out what all the other tech writers, including Dan, already know!

Order RoboHelp X3 in December and receive $100 mail in rebate, FREE WebHelp
Merge Module and the new RoboPDF - add powerful PDF output functionality
to RoboHelp X3. Order online today at

You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as:
archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Previous by Author: RE: Employment history low points
Next by Author: RE: A sobering encounter
Previous by Thread: Re: Manuals can be important
Next by Thread: Re: Manuals can be important

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads