Re: What is happening to us -- was RE: What's wrong with this headline?

Subject: Re: What is happening to us -- was RE: What's wrong with this headline?
From: Suzette Leeming <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: William Sherman <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:34:23 -0400

To add to what William stated and to tie into our professional more...

The company I work at recently announced in a company meeting that they
wanted to teach our customer service staff to write better, so that they
can write documentation.

Here's a short example of their current writing "style":

This enhancement introduces the capability to create product groups
comprising of a few selected loan products and setup separate interest
rates applicable specifically to those product groups. The loan interest
rates setup was also enhanced so that rates could be setup with
user-defined loan terms and a set of fixed as well as variable rates could
be stored simultaneously.

... a long way to go *sigh*....

Suzette Leeming

On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM, William Sherman
<bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>wrote:

> I was going to say that out of 300 million people in this country, the only
> choice we have is between Obama and Romney as the potential leaders for the
> next four years. But I guess that is a political statement and not a
> writing issue and probably gets me moderated.
>
>
> Equally sad is it is a mirror of where the writing profession is going.
>
> Fewer places have editors. Fewer places have real writers. Typographical
> errors are appearing more and more in the newspapers across America.
> Websites are loaded with them. More and more Americas seem to place some
> sick pride in their inability to spell or use the correct word, such as
> their, there, and they're. And it is going from bad to worse, as
> unfortunately, many teachers in our school systems WHOSE JOB IS TO TEACH
> ENGLISH will see nothing wrong with it. If you don't believe me, you don't
> have kids in school right now.
>
> As such, it impacts our jobs in that fewer people seem to view technical
> writers as a profession and as worth any money. After all, everyone learned
> to write in third grade.
>
> The competition among writers to fill the need for published material (news
> articles, use guides, technical documentation, and so on) has become such
> that we see ads such as "Content writers wanted - $1 page" and "Technical
> writer needed - $13/hour" more often.
>
> A large percentage of people viewing this heading will see nothing wrong
> with it. This explains why they see nothing special about our profession.
>
>
> This explains the mentality of people who work the last three weeks on a 50
> page document and let me have it Friday so that it can be presentable for
> the customer's review on Monday morning.
>
>
>
> I bet that wasn't the reply you were expecting.
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+bsherman77=embarqmail -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+bsherman77=embarqmail -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of Chris Morton
> Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:49 AM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: What's wrong with this headline?
>
> Grrrrr....
>
> From the NYDailyNews.com site:
>
> President Obama, Mitt Romney campaigns plauged by surprise attacks from
> supposed allies Donald Trump, Bill Clinton inadvertently hamper candidates
> their supposed to be helping
>
>
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> Create and publish documentation through multiple channels with
> Doc-To-Help. Choose your authoring formats and get any output you may need.
>
> Try Doc-To-Help, now with MS SharePoint integration, free for 30-days.
>
> http://bit.ly/doc-to-help
>
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>
> You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com -dot-
>
> To unsubscribe send a blank email to
> techwr-l-leave -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>
>
> Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
> http://www.techwhirl.com/email-discussion-groups/ for more resources and
> info.
>
> Looking for articles on Technical Communications? Head over to our online
> magazine at http://techwhirl.com
>
> Looking for the archived Techwr-l email discussions? Search our public
> email archives @ http://techwr-l.com/archives
>

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Create and publish documentation through multiple channels with Doc-To-Help. Choose your authoring formats and get any output you may need.

Try Doc-To-Help, now with MS SharePoint integration, free for 30-days.

http://bit.ly/doc-to-help

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-leave -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com


Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.techwhirl.com/email-discussion-groups/ for more resources and info.

Looking for articles on Technical Communications? Head over to our online magazine at http://techwhirl.com

Looking for the archived Techwr-l email discussions? Search our public email archives @ http://techwr-l.com/archives


References:
What is happening to us -- was RE: What's wrong with this headline?: From: William Sherman

Previous by Author: Re: Ago
Next by Author: TECHWR-L Premium Jobs, Events, and Announcements
Previous by Thread: What is happening to us -- was RE: What's wrong with this headline?
Next by Thread: RE: What is happening to us -- was RE: What's wrong with this headline?


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads