Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tech Writing Fun

As a tech writer... you often get to see some funny stuff. Like, at the old job, Russian text that when ran thru a web translator gave back text about submitting to the "interactive regime". That had me laughing for a week.

Saw two gems today.....

One document that is normally not run by tech writers for approval, that mentioned the "forward slash" and the "other slash". What... like the one from Guns'n'Roses???

In some source material I was editing today, I found a lot of appearances of "Therefore for example". It's not uncommon for people who are intelligent but uncomfortable with writing to get ten kindsa bad-uber-formal when they put stuff on paper. Very preachy and talking down to the reader. It's expected, but it can still be amusing.

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