Jane Austen ponders technical communication

Last week’s news about the demise of Storify prompted me to go and retrieve a few of my old stories.

One of them, If Jane Austen wrote about technical communication, invited Twitter to complete the sentence

It is a #techcomm truth universally acknowledged, that…

PridePrejudice423x630you cannot safely assume anything about your audience.
– John Kearney @JK1440

it’s never too late. There is always the next iteration 🙂
– Yvonne Wade Sanchez @ywsanchez

buying a tool won’t fix your processes.
– Kai Weber @techwriterkai

when the big boss demands a dumb change, (s)he will later berate you for the dumb thing.
– Karen Mulholland @kemulholland

a person consulting the style guide for an out-of-office reply must be in need of a life.
– Anindita Basu @anindita_basu

the best review comments arrive right after it’s too late to update your content.
– Yours Truly @larry_kunz

you can’t stop people from sticking beans up their nose.
– Kai Weber @techwriterkai

That last one came with a link to Jared Spool’s Beans and Noses — the gist of which is that people will invariably do things that don’t make sense. That’s something we, as technical communicators, have to deal with. And it pretty well sums up life in the year 2017, if you think about it.

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