Know Thy Audience

By on 7-11-2005 in Technical Writing

Know Thy Audience

Virtually Shocking » Technical Writing

Someone out in the blogosphere is experiencing some serious tech writing pain. Of course, it’s not “tech writing” as in “writing for idiots.” This is hardcore scientific writing — you know, the kind of writing that breaks nearly every rule concerning readability. Passive voice, 20 compound-complex sentences per paragraph, a minimum of 5 articles of jargon that even the unabridged OED doesn’t record.

Poor guy…as soon as he realizes that scientific journal writing has as much to do with ego as it does with reporting outcomes, he’ll finally grok the purpose of the passive voice.