Writing Test?

Subject: Writing Test?
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: TechWr-L <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 18:37:39 +0200

Tony Markatos says:
The problem with writing tests is that they are based on the
assumption that the major task of a Technical Writer is the
drafting of text.

Not exactly. We test the drafting of text because it's testable.
Other factors may be just as important but aren't as easily tested.
If the writer can't write, though, then other competencies are kind
of moot.

Marc Santacroce wondered whether we test contractors the
way we test FTE writers. Personally I don't, and I rather
believe that I'm wrong. I examine samples from a contractor,
and I figure that the contract itself should give me sufficient
opportunity to escape in plenty of time if the work turns out
to be lousy. How likely is it that I'll get lousy work from a
successful contractor anyway? So far in my experience the answer
is "very likely" and the schedule seldom allows for a restart
from scratch, so I'm thinking of changing my ways.

Mark L. Levinson - nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il

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