The technical communicator’s manifestoJune 30, 2010
The delightful Sarah O’Keefe (the lady with all the chocolates at the Scriptorium booth at technical writing conferences) has put together The Tech Comm Manifesto: http://www.scriptorium.com/2010/06/the-tech-comm-manifesto/
I’m not sure of her impetus for doing so, but I love it! I especially love #6:
Editors improve your writing and not your ego. Deal with it.
However, I found #5 a little too close to the bone:
Act like a professional, not like the lead character in Semicolons and Subservience.
While I don’t think I’ve ever acted unprofessionally, I have been guilty of insisting on adherence to certain elements of style. “Apostrophe Nazi”, anyone? ;-)
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