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Actually, I had a piece given to me today to rewrite because=20
someone had used "their" instead of "the operator" or some other=20
gramatically correct non-gender spacific term. The attorneys thoeugh the =
singular/plural confusion might come up in court if someone gets hurt=20
using our product. It _is_ a real issue, not a silly little bone of=20
contention for outrageous femi-nazis. (sorry, general response to =
And I reply (with tongue in cheek, and a pure heart)
I think you know what my point was though don't you? The thread became =
a little ridiculous, blown into a giant waste of energy (by those who =
wrote it, and others who read the chatter: i.e. energy expended when =
clicking the "delete" button so many times!)
Tech Writing is NOT focused entirely on editing, in fact the creative =
thought process up to the point of client delivery, should only have a =
small amount of time devoted to editing.
Personally speaking, a writer should take COMPLETE ownership of his/her =
product. Editors, graphic artists, CAD support, etc... should NOT =
drive the document. If you get right down to it, money (read CLIENT) =
drives the product. That to me is the proverbial "bottom line". We are =
in the business to deliver what is suited to our clients needs & =
desires, not force our social skills onto others. It is my experience =
that those who take this track, usually end up re-assigned (or worse).
Regarding your comment about litigation, CORRECT-O-MUNDO you are Marci, =
we should all be very aware of lawsuits. Hence I close with my =
Damn lawyers, damn lawyers, damn lawyers........... (and government =