David Pogue's column - New York Time

Subject: David Pogue's column - New York Time
From: "Caroline Tabach" <Caroline -at- radcom -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2005 11:32:19 +0200

The "native English speaker" is the requirement that annoys Technical
writers here in Israel.
While many people including myself are indeed native speakers of
English, there are technical writers here (and I imagine on this list
too) who are not native speakers of English, but who have an extremely
high level of English, to the extent that you would not realize that
they are not native speakers of English.
Apart from that, the assumption that anyone who was born in an English
speaking country can write English well, is as we all know, an incorrect
assumption (if it was correct, the programmers could do the technical
writing couldn't they???). Will the English of an average high school
student be clear enough.
(Anyway, we could be offended as they should take a professional writer,
shouldn't they)
Thou shalt hire native English speakers to translate thine

instruction manual. "When the camera focus is not so possible, hold

the shutter button vaguely until the beeping tone is heard." Is that

really how your company wants to address customers?

Talk about New Math. You'll spend millions of dollars developing some

breakthrough gizmo, but won't spring for somebody to rewrite your

manual in proper English? I know some high schoolers who'd do the job

for $50 and 10 free ring tones.


Caroline Tabach
Marcom, RADCOM
caroline -at- radcom -dot- com
www.radcom.com <http://www.radcom.com/>
www.protocols.com <http://www.protocols.com/>


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