Re: Are best practices standards?

Subject: Re: Are best practices standards?
From: "Tristan Bishop" <claritydocs -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: <SteveFJong -at- aol -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 10:55:20 -0700

"That's not creativity, it's anarchy. -- Steve"

Hear! Hear!

To me, all great art has a structure. As a songwriter and tech writer, the
process of creating something inspiring, user friendly and accessible is
identical to the ear and to the eye.

Does anyone really appreciate art for art's sake? (OK, don't answer that.)

20th century classical music is a wierd rogue-ish concoction of pencils
taped to piano strings. Nonesical! (I studied it in school-music major)

In 100 years, we wont remember composer George Crumb when they study the
music this century, we'll remember Lennon/McCartney, who wrote innovative
but structured, short, memorable user friendly ditties. Art, but tasty art.

Docs are the same. True genius is to create WITHIN the form. Haiki,
sonnets, style guides, symphonies. Bend the form, fine. But don't give me
a symphony with no chords and no scale.

Dont give me a doc with no para tags, new formatting every page, etc.

Anyhow, back to work.

Tristan Bishop
Clarity Consulting

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