RE: Formatting Docs On-The-Fly

Subject: RE: Formatting Docs On-The-Fly
From: "Etzel, Gary" <Gary -dot- Etzel -at- Advantica -dot- biz>
To: 'Tony Markos ' <ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "'techwr-l-bounces+gary -dot- etzel=advantica -dot- biz -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com '" <techwr-l-bounces+gary -dot- etzel=advantica -dot- biz -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, 'Al Geist ' <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>, "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com '" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 17:06:26 -0500

I don't understand why that matters. Someone was communicating in written
form to an audience that expected accurate information. But rather than
provide accurate information, you claim they provided incomplete information
and deliberately tried to hide their shortcomings through style and
formatting tricks. Whoever reads the content, whether a manager or editor or
customer, will see right through that kind of foolishness.

So let's get to the point, because I don't know what the point is. Should
"writers" be allowed to apply on-the-fly formatting so that they can hide
their incompetencies behind formatting trickery? Or should on-the-fly
formatting be limited so that "writers" can focus on providing accurate
content, which is the point of what we do?

Gary



-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+gary -dot- etzel=advantica -dot- biz -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
To: Al Geist; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Sent: 12/15/05 4:39 PM
Subject: Re: Formatting Docs On-The-Fly

Al:

To clarify: The writers that I was referring to were
network engineers - not tech writers.

Tony

--- Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com> wrote:

>
> In all my years of writing, I have
> never, nor would I
> ever, allow someone to get "wiggle room" by ignoring
> the company
> standards. Our customers deserve better and they
> are the ones that pay
> our mortgages, car payments, etc. This is not to
> say that company
> standards are totally inflexible, because there are
> always extenuating
> circumstances. A good editor will catch any
> "wiggling" to cover
> slopping writing and a lone writer would not do it
> in the first place.
>
> --


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