A Defined Purpose for the STC? Re: NCI Usability Guide

Subject: A Defined Purpose for the STC? Re: NCI Usability Guide
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 10:29:55 -0500

It seems to me that the web usability guide is exactly the kind of document that
the STC should be promoting and supplementing. The STC should focus on bringing
all the various communication groups and efforts together and to promote the
different works to avoid repetition of work and effort. In other words, the STC
should focus on being something analogous to ANSI.

Just as ANSI is the umbrella group of many other standards organisations, the
STC should be a link between the many writing and communication groups in the
many national and international standards and professional organisations.

>From the ANSI website: "ANSI currently provides a forum for over 270
ANSI-accredited standards developers representing approximately 200 distinct
organizations in the private and public sectors. These groups work
cooperatively to develop voluntary national consensus standards and American
National Standards (ANS)."

Instead of trying to be something for everyone, they act as the go between and
organiser in the activities of sector specific organisations. See the
organisational member list at:

Now "Standards" is a little strong (IMO) to describe the type of work that
should probably be done by the STC, but the idea (and example) is there.

Eric L. Dunn
Senior Technical Writer



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