My life in technical communication would be much easier if we all subscribed to these rules:
- Go beyond the obvious.
- Ignorance is not an asset.
- People do judge a book by its cover. Don’t give them the opportunity to assume you’re a blithering idiot.
- Your content may be special, but it does not need special formatting. Follow the style guide.
- Act like a professional, not like the lead character in Semicolons and Subservience.
- Editors improve your writing and not your ego. Deal with it.
- The tools you learned five years ago are obsolete. Learn the new tools. Repeat every five years.
- Clear, concise writing never goes out of style.