RE: Knowledge of subject matter

Subject: RE: Knowledge of subject matter
From: "John Posada" <JPosada -at- isogon -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 08:19:56 -0500

>> "Edwin Dahlquist" <> wrote in message
>> Finally, as illuminating as a couple of
>> classes in math, science, or logic
>> may be, they would not do substantially
>> more than provide the same background
>> that anyone with a technical bent can
>> gain from reading on those same
>> topics.

> It also helps you learn how to acquire
> information and test its validity.
> Something that very few tech writing
> graduates know how to do.

As Andrew says, this is wrong. I'll assume you do not have college-level
training in science or math (I'm not referring to a couple of intro
course on general science). As someone who's training was in the
sciences, as I write, I continually find myself falling back on the
training I received on theory and in the lab...especially when something
is going on with an application or a subject, the answer why is not
given to me, and I must figure out why so I can explain how to make it
happen again or make it NOT happen again.

The most efficient process for this is not guessing or random selection,
or hitting the web...there is an actual process for finding the answer.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
Isogon Corporation
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