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Genres of Writing

logical form doesn't make things meaningful

- common cormorant or shag ...

writing has expressive power beyond formal specification

cf. Michael Jackson and "What can we expect of formal verification?"

computing demands a broad range of writing skills

consider narratives in Jackson --- such as

the story of the plugger

lift maintenance challengesradiology equipment

when things don't work is when situations are hardest to describe

cf. user manual vs troubleshooting

when things go wrong in a computing scenario almost any explanation has to be entertained

cf. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

6, 6, 9, 8, 6, 8, 6 ?


scenes from shopping


-- computer and commonsense

-- WJ quote

-- poem

age, level of English comprehension, context [research publication / lay audience /children]