Re: Sickening stuff from Engineers

Subject: Re: Sickening stuff from Engineers
From: "Elisa R. Sawyer" <elisawyer -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Meryl R. Cohen" <merylster -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 18:29:44 -0700

I just read this thread and read the article, which I found to be
well-written and informative, and feel inclined to join the chorus FWIW. I
work with developers and I also write mostly for developers, and I love it
when developers take the time to learn to write well. Writing is hard work,
and we get much more out of praising the good work of people who have
chosen to focus professionally on something other than writing.

Can and should a professional musician praise the efforts of amateurs? I
think so. Likewise, I have learned to praise the good work of engineers in
organizing information for me in order to make my job easier. In turn,
while I don't try to code for engineers on my team, if I praise their
sincere effort then they are often inclined to listen to my thoughts about
usability when I believe it's important.

On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 11:20 AM, Meryl R. Cohen <merylster -at- gmail -dot- com>
wrote:

> I, who rarely post here and almost never do social media of any type, came
> very close to leaving a comment about this wonderful article apologizing
> for the comment of another technical writer. It taints us all.
>
> It was a wonderful informative article on digital typesetting; I learned a
> lot and was amused. Also, the writer did something crucial to good
> technical writing--he knows his audience and wrote to meet their
> assumptions, knowledge, and understanding.
>
> Meryl
>
> On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 1:22 PM, Wright, Lynne <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- kronos -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
> > I hadn't actually read Steve's comment on that site until just now.
> >
> > I agree with Tony... Steve your comment was completely inappropriate and
> > unprofessional. Aside from the abusive language and arrogant tone, to
> start
> > a critique by saying you didn't even read the article past the first
> > sentence... just... wow.
> >
> >
> > On Sunday, 28 August 2016, Steve Hudson <sh1448291904 -at- gmail -dot- com
> > <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','sh1448291904 -at- gmail -dot- com');>> wrote:
> >
> > > https://medium.engineering/typography-is-impossible-5872b0c7
> > > f891#.h6obkxudm
> > >
> > > Of course, I couldn't read that without a comment.
> > >
> > > To you guys, I will say this. This link contains high macabre comedy
> > > regarding how an engineer approaches typography. I need medicating
> > > urgently.
> > >
> > > Steve Hudson
> > > Word Heretic
> > >
> > >
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