Re: within vs. in

Subject: Re: within vs. in
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 09:53:34 +1100

Lauren wrote:
>> From: Gause_Brian -at- emc -dot- com
>
>> I agree with Janice. You are the writer. You have final say on words.
>
> I thought the customer-project sponsor-document owner had final say in how
> the documentation is presented. My experience is that writers can state
> what they think is best, but the final product and its content is determined
> by the product's owner who is not usually the writer when an SME is
> involved.
>
> If the OP is the owner of the document, then she would have final say on
> words; otherwise, she does not. Although, support for an argument to use
> "in" rather than "within" can help her make her case about the convention to
> use.
>

I suppose it depends on where you work. I wouldn't
use the word "own" but most of the tech companies with
which I've been involved defer to the SME for technical
content but are paying the writer for writing expertise
so the SME is responsible for making sure that the content
is technically accurate and the writer is responsible for
writing decisions. It's fairly standard for tech review
cover letters to indicate that the tech review should cover
technical content rather than the writing itself and that
decisions on grammar and wording remain with the writer
unless the suggestion is intended for technical clarity.
YMMV, of course.

-- Janice

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