Re: Is Grammer Important?

Subject: Re: Is Grammer Important?
From: Penny Staples <pstaples -at- AIRWIRE -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 12:11:18 -0500

There's much much more to creating effective documentation than using good
grammar. But I think bad grammar can reduce a document's effectiveness. Or,
more to the point, lack of control over your grammar -- as John Wilcox
pointed out, it's fine to use bad grammar if you have a good reason, and
you're doing it on purpose.

To be a Technical Writer, you need to know how your language works. Grammar
is part of this knowledge. It's a necessary tool.

Penny Staples
pstaples -at- airwire -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: Anthony Markatos <tonymar -at- HOTMAIL -dot- COM>
Date: May 21, 1998 11:16 AM
Subject: Is Grammer Important?

>To all Technical Writers:
>Is good grammar important for effective technical communications? About
>six months ago, I read a book on procedures writing that said "Numerous
>studies have concluded that there is no correlation at all between
>effective technical communications and grammar".
>I seek responses for career planning purposes.
>Tony Markatos
>(tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com)
>Note: I forgot the title and authors. Was a "how-to" book written by
>three consultants out of the Battelle Laboratory (Columbus, Oh).
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