RE: Documenting A Ballet Dance

Subject: RE: Documenting A Ballet Dance
From: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com, bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 15:33:17 -0500

Bad analogy, Tony. A ballerina, like a classical musician, is
a performer. The ballerina's product is a *performance*
of some dance in some particualr place and time, and as
such it is evanescent.

You *might* have a point if you were talking about a
choreographer (the composer of the dance) rather than
a ballerina (the performer of the choreographer's
composition). But even there, I think it's a pretty big
stretch unless you're using an unreasonably strict
definition of "written description" to be synonymous
with linear text. As has been noted, there are several
notational systems for producing a written (recorded
on paper) descriptions of dances, just as there are
several notational systems for producing written
descriptions of musical compositions.

My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel.
Fred Ridder
Intel
Parsippany, NJ


From: Tony Markos <ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Bonnie Granat <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>,'TECHWR-L' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Subject: Documenting A Ballet Dance
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 11:36:34 -0800 (PST)

Bonnie:

For a ballerina, the dance is her product. Tech comm
is about documenting a product - it is not the
ultimate product in itself.

By the way Bonnie, what is the best way to document a
ballet dance? To quote Ed Yourdon: "Procedure is like
dance: It defies written description". What Yourdon
means is that, like a software system, dance is
asynchronous (multidimensional): Many potential things
happening at the same time, and often complex
branching. Using text to try and document dance is
attempting to use a one-dimensional tool to document
multidimensional entity. To properly document a her
ballet, the ballerina primarily needs diagrams.

Tony Markos


--- Bonnie Granat <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com> asks:

How does that differ from judging a ballerina by her
ability to draw diagrams of her movements?


In response to Tony Markos writting:

This explains the fallacy of writing skills tests: You
are testing for implementation skill - a much lesser
skill - not for analysis skill. The real test is to
ask the person being tested to create what he/she
would use as input to text creation - not
to create text.

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