Re: Information Mapping

Subject: Re: Information Mapping
From: Chuck Blessing <chuck -dot- blessing -at- CBIS -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 1996 10:26:10 -0500

Bill Hartzer said:

>>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!<<

Tim Altom, I believe, was welcomed to the world of Technical Writing long ago.
The point that Tim made is simply that the reader will never understand what
was written if he or she does not read it. A reader is less likely to read
material that is "boring, repetitious and sterile" -- a good point that Tim
made very effectively.
Chuck Blessing - chuck -dot- blessing -at- cbis -dot- com OR cjb -at- one -dot- net
Cincinnati Bell Information Systems, Inc. (CBIS) - Cincinnati, Ohio

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