RE: More on Tech Writing Tests

Subject: RE: More on Tech Writing Tests
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 16:30:40 -0500

>In contrast, we also gave this test to a writer with training background
>liked the beginning of projects best--he turned in only an extensive list
>topic headings!

Then the message goes on..

>And many, many candidates wrote serviceable but unimaginative procedures
>with no context content at all--they didn't make the cut because we were
>needing people who could conceptualize, plan, and execute their own
>from scratch.

Am I the only one who thinks these conflict?

I don't know about anyone else, but I would have failed the test. Right now,
I have three documents in progress that are 90+% topic headings...

...and three content databases totaling about 6,000 lines in Excel and 10
Visios....which were developed BECAUSE of the topic headings.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
jposada -at- book -dot- com
NY: 212-414-6656
Dayton: 732-438-3372


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