The Tech Comm Manifesto

Sarah O'Keefe / Opinion9 Comments

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.
About the Author

Sarah O'Keefe


Content strategy consultant and founder of Scriptorium Publishing. Bilingual English-German, voracious reader, water sports, knitting, and college basketball (go Blue Devils!). Aversions to raw tomatoes, eggplant, and checked baggage.

9 Comments on “The Tech Comm Manifesto”

  1. Pingback: The technical communicator’s manifesto « CyberText Newsletter

  2. @Wade I’m going with “For easy reference” because it sounds better than “because the number button was a few pixels closer than the bullet button”.

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