Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908

Subject: Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908
From: yehoshua paul <ysp10182 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Erika Yanovich <ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:36:46 +0200

There is a difference between a technical document, and a book on writing
technical documentation.
I am familiar with several of the examples mentioned previously, such as
Xenophon's treatise on horsemanship, Chaucer's treatise on the Astrolabe,
The 1908 guide stands out for me though as the earliest example of a book,
which is a guide to technical writing.

Yehoshua

On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM, Erika Yanovich <ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com> wrote:

> If there ever was such a myth, it's a stupid one. People always needed to
> describe/explain things. The way they did is not necessarily the way we'd
> do it today, they are early forms of tech writing. We can even define the
> ten commandments as a numbered list for how to conduct your life.
>
> I definitely remember tech writers using pencil and paper and real cut and
> paste.
> Erika
>
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> Dated 1908?
>
> Another nail in the coffin of the myth that tech writing started with the
> computer age.
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