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Subject:Re: Making it readable from the start From:Vince Putman <PUTMV -at- MAIL -dot- SYNTRON -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 8 Feb 1995 08:40:19 CST
Hey Rosemarie, and all others who fail to acknowledge the folly of
*developers*, of any heritage, of any education, for any reason, who
edit sentences when they have been asked to review for technical
content. That's what Glen, myself, and many others have been trying
to communicate. This issue is absolutely central to our profession.
Your sensitivities are misplaced. Or, your ESL has failed you if you
did not comprehend the context of Glen's clear reference to who was
editing the sentences. If you are one of the grammar experts who feel
that content is not the primary objective, then just edit for English
and nothing else. To say it in another way: If your job is to edit
the English content given to you, then you are not the developer, and
you should not edit the technical content. Likewise, the developer
needs to leave the grammar to you and review for content only. Clear?
Flame-Out, no apologies owed.
Vince Putman | Avoid polishing the fire truck
putmv -at- mail -dot- syntron -dot- com | while the building burns down!
713-647-7139 Houston, TX | Aka, Eschew Gratuitous Obfuscation
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Subject: Re: Making it readable from the start
Author: Rosemarie R Gaglione <rgaglion -at- FLUTE -dot- AIX -dot- CALPOLY -dot- EDU> at INTERNET_MAIL
Date: 2/7/95 3:14 PM
There are plenty of people whose first language is English who should not be
editing anything! The real issue is not about ESL, but whether or not a
particular individual is qualified to do editing work.
I think that Glen owes some very talented folks an apology.
On Fri, 27 Jan 1995, A. LiLia Santana wrote:
> Glen Accardo wrote the following lines:
> > Have you ever noticed that someone who is not a native speaker of English
> > just doesn't do a very good job of editing sentences? I have. Often.
> > It is a waste of their time and mine if developers spend time chasing
> > grammar errors. They have a tendency to not be very good at it. Tech
> > writers tend to be better at it.
> So, Glen, are you suggesting that people whose first langauge is not English
> should stay away from editing sentences? Although I have a B.A. in
> English and am currently enrolled in the English M.A. Program and
> Technical Communication Program, should I stay away from editing simply
> because my native language is Spanish?
> A. Lilia Santana "When you read a classic, you do
> English Department not see more in the book than
> California Polytechnic State University you did before; you see more in
> San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 you than was there before."