Subject: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
From: "Michael J. Maloney" <MMaloney -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 1995 15:13:53 -0500

In a recent post, a Mr. Guy McDonald (guym -at- daka -dot- com) stated the following:

>I ve bid the job at $800,000, was awarded the contract, then march off to
assemble my team of writers, graphics weenies & editors.

Referring to technical graphics communicators as weenies is a fatal mistake.
I can only imagine the flaming I would receive if I referred to technical
writers as technical whiners and editors as idiots.

Note: I do not consider writers (in general) whiners, nor do I consider
editors - idiots. The comment was made to express a point. Thank you (in
advance) for not responding.

We are, as I ve stated before, supposed to work together as technical
communicators with a common respect for each others skills and contribution.
Only then can _any_ of us call ourselves technical communicators.

Mr. McDonald s opinion is his own. I understand that. However, I have studied
the their ONLY drawers attitude many writers have towards their fellow
communication professionals - technical illustrators.

I would appreciate a direct apology to myself, and to all technical
illustrators. Enough is enough. In response (in part) to this pervasive
attitude, a team of veteran technical illustrators and technical publication
managers (from around the world) have united to form the ISTI (International
Society for Technical Illustrators).

For more information:


Michael J. Maloney
President, EPIC Creative Services
President, ISTI (International Society for Technical Illustrators)
2230 Lyndhurst Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203 USA
V: 1-704-523-6907
F: 1-704-522-6403
E: mmaloney -at- aol -dot- com
E: mmaloney -at- epic-isti -dot- com

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