Re: Who cares about ethics?

Subject: Re: Who cares about ethics?
From: "Paul Strasser" <paul -dot- strasser -at- windsor-tech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 09:12:03 -0600

What I find interesting about this discussion is that the only posted
example of a TW ethical dilemma had to do with resizing and adjusting a
screen capture in a document in order to better explain a procedure:

> What about when I line up a couple of elements in the forms so that it
> looks better visually, and makes it such that I can take a large amount of
> "dead" space out of the middle? Again, I'm not deleting any content, but
> now I'm not 100% reflecting exactly what the interface looks like.
Chances are your screenshot will be in black and white in the document (most
of our companies don't pay for color printing of all docs), but is in color
on the monitor. Does that mean your captures are "unethical" because
they're really in color? At some point it's getting to a reductio ad
absurdum level of commentary. But if this is the basic level of ethical
worry we really have, I'd guess that most of us are working on the

So what are some examples of truly unethical tech writing? Have any of you
been asked to do something in your writing you knew was wrong? What was it,
and how did you handle it?

Paul Strasser
Windsor Technologies, Inc.
2569 Park Lane, Suite 200
Lafayette, Colorado 80026
Phone: 303-926-1982
FAX: 303-926-1510
E-mail: paul -dot- strasser -at- windsor-tech -dot- com

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