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Subject:Re: Basic Tech Writing Rule Book From:Peter <pnewman1 -at- HOME -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 5 Jul 1999 09:15:22 -0400
Mary good writing is good writing. While technical writing has its own
vocabulary, its purpose is no different from any other writing. To
communicate thoughts to others. I have always felt that if a person did
not understand me, it was because I have not adequately communicated my
thoughts. While technical writing has unique problems in that the
intended readers constitute a broad spectrum of users and there are
conventions that apply, the basic rules of good grammar still act as an
aide to effective communication.
Mary Deaton wrote:
> As I recall, Strunk and White advocate active voice and present tense. Good
> writing is good writing. What kind of technical writing are you doing? If
> you are focused on computer documentation you might need a different set of
> "rules" than if you are doing medical writing. Check with your local
> university, or at a textbook site such as VarsityBooks.com and see what the
> profs are using in the introductory classes.
> Mary Deaton
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