Posts tagged "Technical communication"
Learning Global English is more use to most technical writers than learning a Foreign Language. And easier!
Giving presentations to small groups is a tradeoff. The audience get a talk from a relevant speaker, we all get to meet new people, and the speaker gets—in this case, a bottle of Te Atarangi Pinot Noir! I like that. But I also enjoy the excuse to think through a new aspect of contemporary communication.
This time, I strode through seven decades of the plain language movement, matching developments in the wide world with developments in my own language.
Naming a moment when the plain language movement was born is arbitrary. Aristotle's Ars Rhetorica? Wycliffe's Bible in the vernacular? George Orwell? I arbitrarily chose the US Admiral who noted problems of unreadable gun manuals in World War II, since that was in the 1940s, when I also was born.
Way back when, I decided to run some articles on WCAG 2.0 for content authors. After writing 3 or 4, I figured these articles gave too much (and yet too little) information to too few. So I allowed the series...
Let me share a couple of sentences from an old-fashioned, brand new novel I have just finished reading, The Matchmaker of Perigord by Julia Stuart. These words speak to all technical writers, web designers and other professionals. They speak to...