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Subject:Re: Basic rules of technical writing From:Beverly Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH1 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL> Date:Wed, 21 Dec 1994 07:45:16 MST
> The Golden Rules of Writing
> 1. Make it understandable.
> 2. Make it consistent, unless that interferes with Rule 1.
> 3. Make it grammatically correct, unless that interferes with Rule 1 or 2.
> 4. Make it technically correct, unless that interferes with Rule 1, 2, or
> Chris Benz
> Author, Technical Writer, Computer Trainer
> 6229438 -at- mcimail -dot- com
Hi, Chris. I liked your Golden Rules until I got to rule 3. This
seems to allow the writing to be consistently, grammatically
INCORRECT. Why not make it grammatically correct, then
bparks -at- huachuca-emh1 -dot- army -dot- mil