The Positron and Electron of Technical Writing

Subject: The Positron and Electron of Technical Writing
From: Thomas Quine <thomas -dot- quine -at- NCOMPASSLABS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 1998 09:22:57 -0800

Let me throw this out to the list for comments.

If you take good technical writing and break it down to its essential
components, at the molecular level it consists of only two things:

1. Instructions on how to perform a task, and
2. Units of knowledge which are a prerequisite to carrying out those
instructions.

The best technical writing integrates (2) into (1).

Everything else is fluff.

- Thom

P.S. None of your business what degree I have...

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