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Yes, as I've already discussed with Chris off-list, I overlooked the "oversee" line.
In my experience, postgrad' degrees pay plenty of attention to audience and context, and that was, in fact, the very point I was making:
APA is a valid style in some contexts and not others; the same applies to Chicago, Apple, Sun, Microsoft or any other style guide.
On 16 Sep 2011, at 21:24, Combs, Richard wrote:
> Phil Snow Leopard wrote:
>> APA is for academic writing, Chicago is for 'trade' or 'professional'
>> Your intern knew plenty of what he spoke; you just didn't understand
>> that his knowledge was for a different audience and context. Should the
>> day arise when you want to go get an MA or PHD is Technical
>> Communication, you'd be wise to ask his advice about style.
> According to Chris, he wasn't an intern, he was a manager: "a freshly-minted PhD ... assigned to _oversee_ our five-person (software) technical writing department"
> And he most certainly _didn't_ know plenty -- he'd never heard of CMS or other style guides, and he didn't realize that the standards he wanted to apply were for a different audience and context. I certainly hope that's not typical of those with advanced degrees in Technical Communication.
> Richard G. Combs
> Senior Technical Writer
> Polycom, Inc.
> richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
> rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
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