RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2008 14:42:31 -0400





> -----Original Message-----
> From: Keith Hood [mailto:klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 12:56 PM
> To: Bonnie Granat; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
>

> In short, technical writing is meant to nail down the lid
> down on a subject once and for all.

That is not the classic view of what technical writing is.

Legal writing is very
> often used to open a channel so that someone can wiggle out
> from under a nailed-on lid. :-)
>

By legal writing, I did not mean writing the pleadings or legal documents. I
did not think that it was necessary to state that, because I assumed that
most people here know that there is a tremendous amount of legal writing
that is neither of those things.

> Writing contracts may be closer to technical writing, because
> contracts are supposed to be definitive and accurate. But
> writing in torts and criminal cases is something else entirely.

Writing for any field that uses its own specialized language is technical
writing, according to the classical view.

Bonnie Granat
http://www.GranatEdit.com



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