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Subject:Re: Technical writing in a higher ed environment From:"Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Fri, 19 Mar 2004 23:04:03 -0500
Al Geist wrote:
> After working at writing gigs for nearly 30 years, some of it as a
> business reporter, some as a video producer, but most as a technical
> writer, I can say that the AP style guide is a good reference. So
> the Chicago Manual of Style, Microsoft's style guide, etc. I have
> never found any of them to get in the way of good, solid
> communication, and isn't that the main goal of a technical writer.
> If you think a style guide constricts you in that purpose, then
> the problem is not with the guide. I've known a lot of writers and
> have yet to find a good one that couldn't do their job because they
> were "forced" to use a style guide they found inadequate. They just
> did what they were paid to do....write clearly and satisfy the
> who sign the paycheck, or they moved on.
To me, AP's not using the serial comma is a serious deficit. It's a
barrier to clear writing, in my opinion.
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