For three days now I have been learning the rules and tricks of the trade with respect to writing ISO standards.
Those of you who have ever seen one know that it is not normal English. Far from it. But did you realise that there are whole documents dedicated to how to write one?
Most of the rules I knew, but not all.
My course was taught by some of the most experienced editors within ISO. It is not only dry learning the rules, but also on how to use the template.
But behind all that, the whole course effectively is a case of an advance user Word course.
Now I know how to use Word (and Excel). I consider myself an experienced knowledgeable user. But I learned so much! Never dreamed that Word could do certain things. That shortcuts existed and most of all what the hidden meaning was behind a lot of functions you never use. How to use the equation editor. How certain macro’s work and why they do what they do.
I totally enjoyed the set up. The mix of rules, practice and examples on how not to do things. A lot of the examples were great fun and they assured us they never ad to come up with good examples.
All throughout the course I had these moments. I suspect that my standards when submitted will look a lot better now. No wrong words, they shall be better documents (and that is an insiders joke).
But you know what was the best part? Cycling to the course venue. It was a bit further than my work in a hotel. Wednesday I came home after swimming home It was pouring. But Yesterday and today we had the most amazing weather. It was lovely to see summer slowly turning.