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June 7, 2010

The Tech Comm Manifesto

My life in technical communication would be much easier if we all subscribed to these rules:

  1. Go beyond the obvious.
  2. Ignorance is not an asset.
  3. People do judge a book by its cover. Don’t give them the opportunity to assume you’re a blithering idiot.
  4. Your content may be special, but it does not need special formatting. Follow the style guide.
  5. Act like a professional, not like the lead character in Semicolons and Subservience.
  6. Editors improve your writing and not your ego. Deal with it.
  7. The tools you learned five years ago are obsolete. Learn the new tools. Repeat every five years.
  8. Clear, concise writing never goes out of style.