Re: (Zachary) tayloring (Rant/Long)

Subject: Re: (Zachary) tayloring (Rant/Long)
From: Philomena Hoopes <PHILA -at- MAIL -dot- VIPS -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 11:39:36 -0500

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-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Hamilton [mailto:caxdj -at- EARTHLINK -dot- NET]
Sent: Monday, March 08, 1999 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: (Zachary) tayloring (Rant/Long)


It seems your complaint is that the errors you see in
postings are a
symptom of a greater problem within the profession. That may
or may not
be true, but let's assume it is.

Rather than rant, what do you suggest we do about it as
technical writers? How do we solve this problem? Do we need
to teach
better grammar in the schools? Have a refresher in technical
communication programs? Should we go out and get ourselves a
book from a used book store (I don't mention this option
facetiously; if
I ever see one I'm going to pick it up.)? Should someone try
to create
some kind of on-line grammar and usage refresher? (I'm not
by the way)

I'll be honest; I hated grammar when we went over it in high
school. I
think my teacher was bored by it and that showed through.
That doesn't
reduce my responsibility to learn the language I use as a
tool, but it's
something to consider in the overall scheme of things.


Chris Hamilton
Technical Writer
Tampa, FL
caxdj -at- earthlink -dot- net

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