Re: Manuals Written in Non-American English (Long - in two versions)

Subject: Re: Manuals Written in Non-American English (Long - in two versions)
From: Dan Martillotti <danm -at- DEV -dot- TIVOLI -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 1996 10:46:34 CDT

Sabahat wrote:

> "I am a little miffed. Apparently Americans, when they start thinking
> about abroad, only three groups come to their minds -- Japanese,
> European and some times British. I resent people saying without
> qualification that you should write short sentences with simple words. I
> find that condescending. I -- and most other professional Third Worlders
> -- would find something written that way very, very patronizing.

Why do you find short sentences with simple words in technical documentation
condescending? The idea is that the writer takes a complex concept or procedure
and writes so that the average reader can understand it. In the world of technical
documentation for computer software, the average reader is no longer just the
college educated individual. And as long as the American public school system
continues to rate so low, we need to write in short sentences with simple words.

Simple sentences and short words. Get used to them.

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