RE: Examples of good tech writing?

Subject: RE: Examples of good tech writing?
From: "Joe Malin" <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com>
To: "Morton, Christopher" <CMorton -at- caiso -dot- com>, "jim guarino" <jag9330 -at- earthlink -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 09:47:37 -0800

My only objection to this type of book is that they're often way too
simple for my needs.

I have a healthy disrespect for most technical books. Most of them
aren't written by tech writers, so of course the writing is C+ quality.
They often skip the necessary stuff and delve into the author's pet
interest, regardless of its importance. Some exceptions that come to
mind are FM7: The Complete Reference (O'Keefe and Loring) and HTML and
XHTML:The Definitive Guide (Musciano). No accident that I refer to them

An intelligent person with time may be able to skip the Dummies/Idiots
books, but how many of us can claim both?

Joe Malin
Technical Writer
jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com
The views expressed in this document are those of the sender, and do not
necessarily reflect those of TuVox, Inc.

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Subject: RE: Examples of good tech writing?

I couldn't agree more. It's one thing to write in an informal tone, but
I found my one "Dummies" purchase to be so annoying that I didn't make
it past a portion of chapter one.

Perhaps the versions *are* better, but I'll not be investing my money to
find out.


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