Re: Good books

Subject: Re: Good books
From: Andreas Ramos <andreas -at- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 1994 15:00:27 -0800

What ever happened to that tradition of finding the best book, magazine,
whatever by the best publisher in the field and then seeing how they did
it? If I want to do citations, it'll depend on which magazine or book
field it will be in. So... I pick up the standard in that field and
browse through it for examples.

I really don't believe in this "standard reference works" kind of thing.
Esp. with computers; by the time a reference work is concieved,
published, and distributed, the field will be obselete.

Andreas Ramos, M.A. Sacramento, California

On Thu, 3 Mar 1994, David McMurrey IBM wrote:

> Thanks everyone for the opinions on reference books. I'd like to throw
> out another question similar to that.

> Is there a handbook/textbook/guide-to technical writing that you like, admire,
> refer to often?

> There are a lot of textbooks out there for college courses but they don't
> have very much on the working/workaday/professional side of technical
> writing.

> Recently, I had a quick look at Judith Tarutz's Technical Editing (Addison-
> Wesley) and start wondering where's the technical-writing companion to this?
> It seemed to have good solid detailed info on editing standards, plus
> practical advice on dealing with management, free-lancing, working with
> writers, associations, relevant journals--I couldn't think of anything it
> left out, and it seemed to cover (at least what I scanned) in a very solid
> way.

> David A. McMurrey (512) 838-7939
> IBM--Technical editor Austin Community College
> davidm -at- austin -dot- ibm -dot- com Instructor, Technical Writing

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