You’ve been had. The passive voice was never bad.

“Avoid it”, the style guides write, “unless you really know what you are doing”. The implication is you don’t. With examples like “a book is bought by me”, they show the passive voice’s clumsy wordiness. It requires “more cognitive effort”, points out one guide, though so to be honest does the very next sentence, “this … Continue reading You’ve been had. The passive voice was never bad.

Minor Semantics

Microsoft Word now puts its wiggly line under two spaces in a row. A lot of people are happy, and I’m happy that they’re happy, because maybe “semantic authoring” in a small sense is taking root. The period-space signifies the end of an idea and the beginning of the next. Nice proportional fonts will help … Continue reading Minor Semantics

Modern metadata through a DITA lens

Modern ways of using metadata connect groups, countries, and organizations. Structured content such as DITA XML provides powerful ways to work with this metadata, but also challenges.

How to get (at least some) work done

When I need to get a particular piece of writing or other work done, and I’m putting it off because it’s difficult (or I’m making it difficult), I’ve found that this simple process helps a lot.

Redundancy is Not a Crime

The grammar police may criticise our doubleplusungood writing, but our loyalty should be with more plausible authorities — our global audience.


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