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   Re: "Clean Specs"

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  • From: Murray Maloney <murray@muzmo.com>
  • To: XML-Dev Mailing list <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Feb 1999 18:34:27 -0500

James' has reiterated a suggestion that has been put forward
by others in the past -- notably Dan Connolly and Tim Berners-Lee.
Sadly, professional writers are not always easy to come by, and 
when they are they usually expect compensation -- gotta make a 
living, dontcha know. A professional technical writer was hired
by W3C for the HTML 4.0 specification.

The XML WG did have at least one professional writer and one 
professional editor on board, and many of those who were not
professional writers/editors could not fairly be categorized 
as amateurs given their academic and professional histories.

In my experience as a technical writer, I have discovered that
the act of explaining the application of a technical design
can, in many cases, lay bare its flaws. Cooperation between 
writers and designers often results in designs that take the 
end-user into account.



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