RE: proper terms/usage

Subject: RE: proper terms/usage
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Craig Haiss" <craighaiss -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 09:17:30 -0600

Craig Haiss wrote:

> Since both options are viable, I'd send an email message to both SMEs
> asking them to decide upon a convention. That way you have their
> in writing in case they change opinions later. Also, you can get them
> talk to each other so that you aren't stuck acting as a middle-man in
> decision making process.

I meant to put in my 2 cents when I saw Spectrum Writing's "playing
Switzerland" line. Why is the tech writer "playing Switzerland" in a
matter of language usage? Doesn't the tech writer _write_ the docs?

I'd send an email message to both SMEs _informing_ them of _my_
decision, and telling them it's been added to the style guide (for which
Tech Pubs is responsible, not SMEs).

SME stands for "subject matter expert" -- not "technical communication
expert." Once the subject matter issues are clear and the meanings of
the two words are understood, the decision should be the wordsmith's.

Unless he or she _likes_ being a glorified secretary.

"It's my opinion and it's very true."


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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