It’s a post that many technical writers have longed to write, and now Ellis Pratt has. Nine myths of technical writing, which Pratt blogged on his Cherryleaf site, lists nine of the more popular myths tech communicators hear about technical writing. I have no idea why “nobody reads the manuals” is listed third, instead of being first, bolded, and in all-caps.
Two of my other all-time faves made the list:
- If we put out manuals on the Web, our competitors will have an advantage over us
- You must use the 7+-2 rule for lists and arranging your information
There’s some good comments on the post as well. Check out the full list on Pratt’s site.