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Updated: February 8th, 2017 08:36 PM (MT)

Code for Communicators

As a technical communicator, I am the bridge between those who create ideas and those who use them. Because I recognize that the quality of my services directly affects how well ideas are understood, I am committed to excellence in performance and the highest standards of ethical behavior.
 
I value the worth of the ideas I am transmitting and the cost of developing and communicating those ideas. I also value the time and effort spent by those who read, see, or hear my communications.
 
I therefore recognize my responsibility to communicate technical information truthfully, clearly, and economically.
 
My commitment to professional excellence and ethical behavior means that I will:
  • Use language and visuals with precision
  • Prefer simple, direct expression of ideas
  • Satisfy the audience's need for information, not my own need for self-expression
  • Hold myself responsible for how well my audience understands my message
  • Respect the work of colleagues, knowing that a communication problem may have more than one solution
  • Strive continually to improve my professional competence
  • Promote a climate that encourages the exercise of professional judgment and that attracts talented individuals to careers in technical communication

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