Re: Technic writers shall write good,

Subject: Re: Technic writers shall write good,
From: Nora Merhar <MERHAR -at- ALENA -dot- BITNET>
Date: Tue, 9 May 1995 13:29:19 CDT

I agree with Rick. However, I think we should take the vagaries of e-mail
into account. Many of us have trouble editing our e-mail, and most of us don't
re-read e-mail for grammar, spelling, etc. We should give each other a LITTLE
latitude in this fairly informal forum. Also, while it is unprofessional to have
lots of grammatical and spelling errrors, it is just as unprofessional to point
them out in a public forum. We should e-mail each other privately if we have
those kinds of comments to make.

merhar -at- switch -dot- rockwell -dot- com

> > While we should all strive to use correct grammar, I don't believe
> > this should be a requirement for expressing one's opinion.

> Kind, gentle reaction: Grammatical errors in what you write provide
> opportunities for your readers to reject your argument because its
> expression lacks precision. Like, maybe your thinking is also
> flawed?

> Blunt reaction: This is bullshit. Any technical writer who finds
> truth in the statement should start looking for another line of work.
> Justifying trash in writing is professionally immoral.

> Rick Klopp
> Speech Recognition Information Development
> IBM Austria - Vienna Software Development Laboratory
> ID: rklopp -at- vnet -dot- ibm -dot- com
> Disclaimer: my views are my own, not my employer's.

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