Author vs. write

Subject: Author vs. write
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 12:20:27 -0500

Mary Howe wondered about the distinction between authoring
and writing. Mary, strictly speaking there _is_ no
difference (both are the act of communicating with words as
an important part of the communication), but a shade of
meaning has evolved over the past few years: writing
concerns primarily words, and usually for print media;
authoring adds various media (e.g., animation, hypertext)
to writing, so that words aren't the only form of
communication, and usually refers to an online document
rather than a printed document. The two words are used so
sloppily, though, that you'll find all kinds of different
variations in meaning.

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.

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