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Subject:Re: decode job posting From:"Zdunczyk, Ann Eleanor (Ann)" <zdunczyk -at- LUCENT -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 20 Feb 1998 10:06:20 -0500
Not sure that this reply is totally correct either. Unless you know your
audience (personally) how can you ASSUME about there level of
understanding. It has been 20 odd years since I started as a TechWriter,
and at that time and still today I learn new things by doing. If someone
had ASSUMED I was an expert with a software application and did not take
the time to spell out the acronyms I would have been lost. DO NOT
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>From: Iain Harrison[SMTP:iharriso -at- SCTCORP -dot- COM]
>Reply To: iharriso -at- SCTCORP -dot- COM
>Sent: Friday, February 20, 1998 9:40 AM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: decode job posting
>Dick Gaskill <dickg -at- AG3D -dot- COM> wrote:
>> Note to the original poster: Experienced tech wrioters know not
>> to use acronyms in any document without spelling it out at
>> least once.
>I beg to differ. Experienced writers assess their audience, and
>explain acronyms that the target reader may not understand.
>If you don't know what RDBMS means, you are not in the frame for this
>job. To explain this term to someone who is able to do the job would
>be at best patronising, at worst downright insulting.
>iharriso -at- sctcorp -dot- com