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Subject:Re: Information Mapping From:XBJH%mimi -at- MAGIC -dot- ITG -dot- TI -dot- COM Date:Thu, 27 Jun 1996 09:56:40 CDT
From: Bill Hartzer XBJH
Subj: Re: Information Mapping
Tim Altom recently said the following regarding Info. Mapping,
referring to Technical Writing:
"... For one thing, it's boring, repetitious and sterile.
It's too hard to interest a reader while using it, a fact that
Info Mapping Inc. has turned into a virtue, saying that we
shouldn't even think about "entertaining the reader." I read
that to say "don't bother about making the reader interested in
what you have to say." That's a classically arrogant writer's
statement from someone who doesn't have to read the stuff...."
Welcome to the world of Technical Writing, Tim! We're _NOT_ here
to entertain the reader. As Technical Writers, we're here to get
the information a reader needs to them in the shortest amount of
time while making it easy for them to understand. If our readers
need entertainment, they should read a John Grisham novel, _NOT_ a
User's Guide. Technical Writing is _NOT_ entertainment writing. It
never has been and never should be. If Technical Writing was entertaining
reading, 99 percent of Americans would know how to program their VCRs!
Bill Hartzer Bill Hartzer
Contract Tech Writer President
Texas Instruments, Inc. Highfield Marketing Group, Inc.
Dallas, TX USA Irving, TX USA
xbjh -at- msg -dot- ti -dot- com Highfield -at- aol -dot- com
"Highfield Marketing Group, Inc. is the proud maker of the CD-ROM
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quality professionals in the computer, high-tech, and technical writing
industries. Never a fee for applicants. Employers and recruiters
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