RE: What to look for in a technical editor

Subject: RE: What to look for in a technical editor
From: "Mark Baker" <mbaker -at- ca -dot- stilo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 15:13:04 -0400

> Mark, if I try to use a screwdriver to pound in a nail, I'm probably going
> to be disappointed. It's not a failure of the tool. It's not even a
> failure of this application of the tool. It is a misapplication of the
> tool.

Kim, you are confusing failure with blame. The screwdriver may not be to
blame, but it it failed to drive in the nail, then it failed. If tools are
misapplied, the generally fail.

I realize that if a school child does not pass a test, we are now obliged to
say that the test was missapplied, not that the child failed. However, I
think we are going to far when we start to bend the language out of shape to
protect the self esteem of a screwdriver -- or even an engineer.

Mark Baker
Senior Technical Writer
Stilo Corporation
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