RE: Tina the Techwriter Reopens the Great Debate

Subject: RE: Tina the Techwriter Reopens the Great Debate
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 09:03:58 -0700

Quoting Daniel_Hall -at- trendmicro -dot- com:

> Several folks have mentioned how common it is for people to communicate
> verbally in incomplete sentences, fragments, and other grammatically
> incorrect forms. The implication seems to be that because this type of verbal
> communication can be effective, written material in the same format is
> equally effective. I respectfully disagree. :-)

Yeah, but...

Your argument seems to assume that, because so-called grammatical errors and
rambling structure are both part of speech that written sentences with errors
must also be rambling. However, I don't see any necessary connection between
them. Why couldn't you use incomplete sentences and so on with a high degree of

In fact, that is what writers who are praised for how closely their work
resembles speech actually do. They use some of the characteristics of speech,
but structure what they write so that it resembles prose. Even stream of
consciousness on the page, when used by a skilled writer, is actually far more
structured than speech.

Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604-421.7177


SEE THE ALL NEW ROBOHELP X5 IN ACTION: RoboHelp X5 is a giant leap forward
in Help authoring technology, featuring Word 2003 support, Content
Management, Multi-Author support, PDF and XML support and much more!

COMPONENTONE DOC-TO-HELP 7 PROFESSIONAL: From a single set of Word documents, create online Help and printed documentation. New version offers yearly subscription service, Natural Search, Modular TOC Utility, Image Map Editor, Theme Designer, Context String Editor, plus more. .

You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as:
archiver -at- techwr-l -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

RE: Tina the Techwriter Reopens the Great Debate: From: Daniel_Hall

Previous by Author: RE: Tina the Techwriter Reopens the Great Debate
Next by Author: Re: ADD/ADHD Problems and Tech Writing/Editing Careers
Previous by Thread: RE: Tina the Techwriter Reopens the Great Debate
Next by Thread: Translation Management

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads