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Subject:Re: What is techie language? From:"THOMAS. MIKE J." <THOM5663 -at- VARNEY -dot- IDBSU -dot- EDU> Date:Sun, 1 May 1994 14:36:39 LCL
I couldn't agree more. I have been working with computer
documentation for about five years and have seen evidence that would
support what you describe. In fact, I have learned some of the best
computer shortcuts from women. I do not think that the computer
world is closed to a particular gender...anymore.
The Midnight Hack
Date sent: Thu, 14 Apr 1994 16:51:55 LCL
Send reply to: "TENNE. MICHAEL" <TENN5612 -at- VARNEY -dot- IDBSU -dot- EDU>
From: "TENNE. MICHAEL" <TENN5612 -at- VARNEY -dot- IDBSU -dot- EDU>
Subject: What is techie language?
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L <TECHWR-L -at- OSUVM1 -dot- BITNET>
I am a student at Boise State University and a new subscriber to the
TECHWR list. In reading all of the bantering back and forth on the
subject of gender in the computer world, there are frequent
references to 'techie' writing.
I am a red-blooded male who is not afraid to admit that techie
writing, whatever it is, would probably stump me as well. Is there a
specific audience for which this type of writing is targeted?
Sitting in the computer labs at school, I am able to do an informal
study which seems to indicate that just as many women are using the
computers as men. Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't these the
types of people who manuals are written for? I think there are some
of you who may have been living in your caves for just a little too
long. For those of you who don't own calendars, this is 1994 and
there are women using computers, reading manuals and watching Star