RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: "Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: "'Bonnie Granat'" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2008 14:28:09 -0700

> From: Bonnie Granat

> You are using a non-standard definition of technical writing.
> I am viewing
> technical writing as the term that encompasses all specialized
> writing--business writing, for me, is therefore a subset of technical
> writing.

Evolution is non-standard in that rules change over time. A strict
definition that does not include the evolution of business writing should
receive discussion. Perhaps not here, though.

An allegory could be the evolution of man. If we define man in the strict
terms of Neanderthal man, then a discussion of man in civilization would
follow a non-standard definition.

However, I would not hold any premise that business writing evolved from
technical writing. I would, however, hold that technical writing evolved
from written communication and non-technical writing evolved from written
communication. Both forms of writing borrow from each other and each form
of writing is distinct from the other.

People here do not agree and seem to hold a technical writing supremacy
ideology. Whatever.

Lauren

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