RE: OT: Tech writers and cookbooks

Subject: RE: OT: Tech writers and cookbooks
From: jgarison -at- ide -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 10:42:23 -0500

Interesting ....

I use a "recipe" in my tech writing classes ... what they are given is a
rambling letter about someone's spaghetti sauce and they have to organize
it. I have been doing up to the point that they say "Oh, it needs to be
organized like a recipe ..." and then move on. Now I think I'll let them
progress and then go and ask questions about how they organized it, did they
do more than one action in a single step, etc.

Good input, thanks!


-----Original Message-----
From: Jo Baer [mailto:jbaer -at- mailbox1 -dot- tcfbank -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: OT: Tech writers and cookbooks

Although this started as an off-topic thread, I think the progression has
interesting, and actually on-topic. There's been a lot of discussion about
presenting material, making it accessible, and accommodating diverse
And isn't that really a crucial component of tech writing? This has been a
exercise in looking at information design from a fresh perspective.

In an offline reply to another whirler I suggested, jokingly, that we should
start a cookwhirler list. Maybe it's not such a far-fetched idea...


Jo Baer
Senior Technical Writer
TCF National Bank
Minneapolis, Minnesota
jbaer -at- mailbox1 -dot- tcfbank -dot- com

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