Re: What do you guys think of STCs new definition for technicalwriter?

Subject: Re: What do you guys think of STCs new definition for technicalwriter?
From: "Bill Swallow" <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Sean Brierley" <sbrierley -at- accu-time -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 14:17:14 -0400

And if you can't explain it in the simplest of terms then what good is
the definition in the first place?

And to use the "daddy writes books" example, how many books about
careers have you read to your kids over the years? How many books
about scientists, doctors, and other more complex fields? They're not
in depth, they don't use big words, and yet they get the definition
across well to their audience - kids.

I'm not saying let's go out and write a children's book, but if the
definition isn't easy to write in plain common language, then it
doesn't work.

Funny, don't we say the same thing about bad UI design? If it's a pain
to document, then it's likely poorly designed?

On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 1:58 PM, Sean Brierley <sbrierley -at- accu-time -dot- com> wrote:
> To be fair, this needs to be more than "daddy writes books." <grin>
>
> That is, I am fine writing this for a professional audience, but the
> definition itself must itself be a *good* example of technical
> communication.

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