Re: Is grammar fair game?

Subject: Re: Is grammar fair game?
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 16:07:16 -0800

> Of course there are many technologically literate people on
> copyediting-l. On the other hand, I would expect techwr-l to
> have a higher percentage of people familiar with the newer
> and more obscure technological terminology and how it is
> being used. I would think the technical writers are the
> people to field the questions about technical language.

You may or may not be right, but try saying that over there! Try pointing
out to the copyediting-L folks that most technical folks don't hyphenate
"email."

Most of the grammar discussions that occur on techwr-L have also occurred on
copyediting-L. The discussions of those subjects on copyediting-L are almost
always better informed and more useful.

So if you'd like to read postings about grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and
punctuation, subscribe to copyediting-L. Those subjects may be relevant to
technical writers, but when they come up on this list, they spawn a great
deal of heat and not much light. ...RM

Richard Mateosian http://www.c2.org/~srm/ President, Berkeley STC
Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro


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