Re: Post on the misconceptions about technical writing

Subject: Re: Post on the misconceptions about technical writing
From: Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>
To: John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:49:52 -0800

As I began reading this eleven year old list, I didn't understand the
disparaging comments. I mean, one of the first tasks I took on was to build
a rudimentary style guide. I work in a start-up with a new doc
department... so yes, some standards need to be established. In my
experience, all the larger, well established corporations actually care
about and enforce strict adherence to the style guide(s).

But I very quickly realized that this list is purely sarcastic... ha ha...
this person condensed down most of the stereotypical ideas that a young
whipper-snapper thinks are important in technical writing. In *my* reality,
not a single point is remotely close to true. I found "2. Remain
Writer-focused" particularly funny. In my position, if I didn't understand
the technology, I would not have the ability to competently document our
products. In fact, in my overall experience content has always been far
more important than style.



On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 12:02 PM, John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com> wrote:

> In the spirit of helpfulness
>
> *Subject*: *10 things all tech writers should do*
> *From*: *Andrew Plato <gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com>*
> *To*: *"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>*
> *Date*: *Tue, 1 Apr 2003 11:16:37 -0800 (PST)*:
>
>
> http://www.techwr-l.com/archives/0304/techwhirl-0304-00034.html#.VHOOFcnN05c
>
> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 2:25 PM, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> http://www.techwr-l.com/archives/0411/techwhirl-0411-00309.html#.VHOGAclBHMI
> >
> >
>


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References:
Post on the misconceptions about technical writing: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: Post on the misconceptions about technical writing: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: Post on the misconceptions about technical writing: From: John G
RE: Post on the misconceptions about technical writing: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: Post on the misconceptions about technical writing: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: Post on the misconceptions about technical writing: From: John G

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