Maxit Simplified English

Subject: Maxit Simplified English
From: Robert Stoker <info -at- seatechpubs -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 17:07:52 -0700

I know of the MaxIT Checker, although I have not used it. I do, however, have experience with a similar tool, and we have developed a word checker plug-in for FrameMaker. The electronic editing tool I have experience with is proprietary, and not for sale on the open market (luckily).

In short, I don't think electronic editing tools can take the place of a human editor. An electronic editor may be able to improve really bad writers, but in my opinion, human interaction is a more effective way to improve writing skills. Also, I think the tool can tend to make good writers worse, due to the constraints the software places on the writer. These tools can also reduce the efficiency of the writers—the writers spend too much time trying to get their sentences past the editing algorithms. The software may tell the writer that something is wrong, but the software cannot fix the problem. The writer still has to rewrite the sentence and send the passage through the software again.

I'm not a fan of this type of tool. I think a good editor, and a standardized word list is a better way to go.

Robert Stoker
Seatech Publications, Inc.
Content Development,
FrameMaker Plug-ins, and
Product Information Management Systems

alackerson alackerson at
Wed May 24 16:25:46 MDT 2006

My company is gearing up to buy MaxIT Checker to clean up our technical documentation. I watched a demo of it today and I'm not convinced that the tool can replace an eyes-on editor, much less significant improve bad writers. Has anyone out there had any experience, good or bad, with this tool? Does anyone have a recommendation for a better tool?^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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