RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2008 13:42:00 -0400

Keith Hood wrote:

"Technical writing is not meant to be used in an
adversarial setting. ... Legal writing is often used in an adversarial
setting. It is supposed to introduce ambiguities and
uncertainty in the mind of the reader."


You've been watching to much television. Having written technical, consumer,
scientific, and legal documents, I can assure you that accuracy is the name
of the game in all of them. While trial or criminal lawyers may work to
create ambiguity and uncertainty in the mind of the judge, or minds of the
jurists, every legal document I've worked on stressed just the opposite.

I've been following this thread and find it humorous how much effort is
being placed in trying to figure out what we should call ourselves in this
ever changing world. Personally, I just want to be called "Al," and make
sure the name on the check is spelled correctly and the beer in the icebox
is cold.

Al Geist
Technical Publications Manager, Technical Communicator, Help, Web Design,
Video, Photography (I mostly need the Help)
Office/Msg: 802-872-9091
Cell: 802-578-3964
Website: www.geistassociates.com
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"...I walked to work, quit my job, and kept walking. Better to be a pilgrim
without a destination, I figured, than to cross the wrong threshold each
day." (Anon.)





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RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Bonnie Granat
RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Keith Hood

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