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Subject:Re: In love with a word From:John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:Peter Neilson <neilson -at- alltel -dot- net>, "List,Techwriter" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 4 Jan 2006 10:45:57 -0800 (PST)
> Everyone thinks there a techincal writer, jussed like everyone
> thinks their a quailty engineer. Why don't they all clame to
> be bridge dezingers, tooo?
Hi, Peter...actually, the example I gave from that writer is typical
of that writer. Most of his written content was superficial and
pretty much limited to stating the obvious with a flavoring of
"special" words that I'm sure made him think his writing was a
special as the words he used.
An example (the piece in front of me now). The product I'm
documenting includes an HTML editor. There is a button that launches
what is called a "Code Gallery", where you can select pieces of
existing content for inclusion in a web page. However, as far as he
went was to say "Click the x button to launch the "Code Snippet
Gallery". However, you would think he would at least go into how to
get code into the gallery or how to modify existing content?
What I'm getting at is for a technical writer to be a Technical
Writer (regardless of what the business card says), the writer has to
get a reader to where you want him or her to go, but then tell them
what to do once they get there. Never think that because you are
using pretentious words, your writing is special. Word selection and
style (whether proper or not) is only part of it.
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