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RE: Poll: Is technical writing a sellout or fallback career?
Subject:RE: Poll: Is technical writing a sellout or fallback career? From:"Guy K. Haas" <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com> To:"Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com> Date:Thu, 7 Aug 2008 11:26:19 -0700 (PDT)
Q: "Do you want paper or plastic?"
--Guy K. Haas
Software Exegete in Silicon Valley
On Thu, August 7, 2008 11:21 am, Combs, Richard wrote:
> Well, I hate to get sucked into this, because it really is just a dumb
> little time-waster question intended to fill a specific hole in his
> sidebar. But Lauren said:
>> Should we assume that the answer is
>> "yes" if either of A or B is correct and "no" if neither of A or B is
>> correct? That assumption requires an inference that contradicts other
>> inferences! Contradictions grate my nerves.
> Yes, you should. If the choices available are yes/no or true/false, that
> assumption is exactly correct (and required by the rules of logic).
> There's no contradiction involved -- we use "or" in this manner all the
> time, and not just in logic: "Would you like a drink or some chips?"
> "No, thanks." "Are you going by the supermarket or 7-11 on your way
> home?" "Why, yes. Do we need something?"
> Richard G. Combs
> Senior Technical Writer
> Polycom, Inc.
> richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
> rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
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