RE: Favorite TW Book

Subject: RE: Favorite TW Book
From: Thomas Eagles <tekwriter -at- sympatico -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 16:24:48 -0500


My GAWD! Reading that was like reading Waiting for Godot as a 10 year old. WHERE ARE THE PICTURES? WHERE'S THE ACTION? <just kidding>

In all seriousness, it read like an essay for a school project, and I can honestly say I took NOTHING good from it. Some of you will take that as a positive, and some will take it as a negative. ;-)

I'm sure the author is/was a guru in her subject area, but I was unable to find the nuggets that were supposed to open my eyes to a whole new way of working, as some have alleged with this book.

Tom

-----Original Message-----
From: Steven Brown [mailto:stevenabrown -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 8:44 AM
To: stevenabrown -at- yahoo -dot- com
Subject: Re: Favorite TW Book?


Hi Tricia,

FWIW, the only TW book I've used since college is the
Hackos book on managing documentation projects.

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.



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