RE: Breaking into the tech writing job market

Subject: RE: Breaking into the tech writing job market
From: "Robotti, Anne \(Carlin\)" <ARobotti -at- CarlinGroup -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 09:53:25 -0400

> Something we have a lot of in our audiences. If you remember your
> basic intro to tech writing classes, they tell you to write at about a

> 6th grade level.

I think that's a very condescending and obnoxious thing to say. And it's
probably a root cause of the "users is soooooo stupid" attitude that
makes a lot of engineers and tech writers unbearable, IMO. If you're
writing for adults who are brand new users of a technology or product,
you have to be particularly clear about each step, which you should be
anyway. There's no reason to term that "a sixth grade level" and it sets
up bad karma.



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