RE: Alternative directions in technical communications

Subject: RE: Alternative directions in technical communications
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2008 19:55:59 +1100

> >Typical approaches to communication with non-expired computer users
> >have privileged conventional visual media, such as print and computer
> >graphics.
> >
> >Technical communicators can learn to make better use of a variety of
> >other-world-targetted communications techniques, including spirit-,
> >seance-, ouija- and necromancy-based tools.
> Hmmm....the style looks familiar.

The style might be described as PA (pompous academic).

> Published in AIR or JIR, perhaps

So far, published only here.

> "Technical writing...requires understanding the audience,
> understanding what activities the user wants to accomplish, and
> translating the often idiosyncratic and unplanned design into
> something that appears to make sense."
> Donald Norman, The Invisible Computer

Interesting quote, but a bit ambiguous toward the end. It is to be hoped
that our "translation" not only appears to make sense, but in fact does so.

Mike West


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