Standards for Technical Writing

Subject: Standards for Technical Writing
From: "Montgomery, Kevin" <kmontgomery -at- LOGICON -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 1994 09:47:29 PST

I have a deep-seated distrust of any "official" standard. I was a
member of an ANSI committee in the mid-80s that was creating standards
for testing a consumer item (_not_ for my current employer). I learned
these things:

1. Industry standards exist to protect the bigger players from

2. Standards equal stagnation. They tend to stifle innovation
because companies will not risk noncompliance just to design
better products.

3. Everyone loves standards (except me). When you have a standard,
you need not think about the products or services you design or

Admittedly, there are big difference between language standards and
test standards for consumer products. But, there are also enough
similarities to make me nervous.

-Kevin Montgomery, San Diego, kmontgomery -at- logicon -dot- com

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
-Oscar Wilde

**My private opinion!**

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