Seriously! The pontification is RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!

Thank you,


Gillian Flato
Technical Writer (Software)
nanometrics
1550 Buckeye Dr. 
Milpitas, CA. 95035
(408.545.6316
7  408.232.5911
* gflato at nanometrics.com


-----Original Message-----
From: Writer [mailto:generic...@yahoo.ca] 
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 8:28 PM
To: David Spreadbury
Cc: Flato, Gillian; 'John Sgammato'; framers at frameusers.com
Subject: Re: Why do British Tech Writers pontificate

I used to have "Omit needless words" written on a post-it and stuck to 
my monitor.

Nadine

David Spreadbury wrote:
> Did I hear someone say "Willie Strunk?"
>
> David Spreadbury
> Sr. Technical Writer
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com
> [mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Flato,
Gillian
> Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:18 PM
> To: John Sgammato; framers at frameusers.com
> Subject: RE: Why do British Tech Writers pontificate
>
> I can say with authority that they majority of our customers are Asian
> and they translate our manuals so we must always write with the plan
> that our manuals will be translated. That means, as few words as
> possible, because more words means more money.
>
> Also, it's not like any of their extra words add anything to the
> content. They are just garbage phrases like, "if you wish." That adds
no
> meaning or usefulness to the manual.
>
> Thank you,
>  
>  
> Gillian Flato
> Technical Writer (Software)
> nanometrics
> 1550 Buckeye Dr. 
> Milpitas, CA. 95035
> (408.545.6316
> 7  408.232.5911
> * gflato at nanometrics.com
>  
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Sgammato [mailto:jsgammato at IMPRIVATA.com] 
> Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 8:13 PM
> To: Flato, Gillian; framers at frameusers.com
> Subject: RE: Why do British Tech Writers pontificate
>
> If the manual is for a British audience, I'd be careful about changing
> the tone too much - you may offend someone with your abruptness!
> Fortunately we have some authentic British writers on this list who
may
> be able to say if such language is considered normal for that
audience. 
> I'd love to know, because my docs are read by British customers...
> john
>
> ________________________________
>
> From: framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com on behalf of Flato, Gillian
> Sent: Thu 8/27/2009 11:09 PM
> To: framers at frameusers.com
> Subject: Why do British Tech Writers pontificate
>
>
>
> We are going through the grueling task of editing some manuals written
> by British Tech writers. It's quite painful. Why, oh why, do British
> Tech Writers pontificate so much? Do they know the definition of the
> word concise? Do they just like to hear themselves talk?
>
>
>
> Additionally, are they paid by the freakin' word? I have never seen
such
> excessive use of as many words as possible. It's ridiculous. Didn't
> anyone ever tell them that when you translate a manual you actually do
> pay by the word so being concise is actually important!
>
>
>
> Part of that old British politeness comes through. They are so scared
of
> offending anyone that they are afraid of giving an imperative in a
> manual. It's full of, "if you wish" "if you would like" "if you would
be
> so kind as to" "if it's not to much trouble than" Give me a freakin'
> break. Tell the User what to do to accomplish the task and stop
> pontificating. It's not about you!
>
>
>
> <Thanks for letting me rant. I am tired of this manual. It's due
> tomorrow and I am behind schedule.>
>
>
>
> Thank you,
>
>
>
>
>
> Gillian Flato
>
> Technical Writer (Software)
>
> nanometrics
>
> 1550 Buckeye Dr.
>
> Milpitas, CA. 95035
>
> *408.545.6316
>
> 7  408.232.5911
>
> * gflato at nanometrics.com <mailto:gflato at nanometrics.com>
>
>
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