Subject Matter What Matters

Subject: Subject Matter What Matters
From: "Chas. Bosdet" <WLFTRIX -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 1995 10:50:49 -0500

This one requires a little setting up.

Nora Merhar <merhar -at- ALENA -dot- SWITCH -dot- ROCKWELL -dot- COM> wrote--

>> While I agree in theory with all that Beverly and John are
>> saying, the fact is that "subject matter expert" or "subject
>> expert" or "expert" or whatever is NOT something most of us
>> generally use in our documentation. It is our way of
>> identifying a person who provides us with input of whatever
>> sort. I have never seen or heard this term used outside of
>> informal communication between tech. writers.

To which one of our beloved colleagues responded:

> True that [SME] is not generally used in technical documentation;
> however, it is most definitely used in business documents
> (reports/white papers) in my neck of the woods. It is a commonly
> used term in government, especially at high levels.

With all respect that's due, who among us is willing to defend
U.S. businesses and government as authorities on clear
communication of any kind -- "especially at high levels"?? <g>

Serially, folks: Who among us would hold up

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