Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: Eric Ray <ericjray -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 10:28:00 -0800 (PST)

> > As a technical writer, I consider a
> consistently-applied
> > corporate style guide to be:
> >
> > * Intolerably constraining
> > * Marginally constraining
> > * Neither constraining nor liberating
> > * Marginally liberating
> > * Extremely liberating
> > * Other/none of the above

> Now this "consistently-applied" thing? What, pray
> tell, is THAT? We're talking
> so far beyond the realm of ordinary experience that
> I would expect anyone
> encountering a consistently applied corporate style
> guide has already been
> bodily transported to their reward in the after
> life.

Anyway, I've found it interesting, as I've matured
as a technical writer, that my interest in
controlling my environment in terms of style-guide
type decisions has waned, and the sense of freedom
I feel at _not_ having to think about 1295 different
"choose, select, or pick" issues is incredible.

I like knowing that the editor down the hall is
in meetings to determine what standards will be
followed (with my input, if I choose to provide it),
and I can turn my attention to the technologies and
how best to communicate them. I really couldn't care
less about _which_ standards we follow, with a few
exceptions, and love not dealing with that stuff
when I could be dealing with

Really, it's quite cool.

apparently -at- heaven -dot- org

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