Treehouse hatchet job

There’s a new PDF magazine on the block. Treehouse, from the folks at Particletree, should help fill the void left by the demise of the PDF magazine from Design In Flight.

It’s a beautifully put-together magazine. The typography, illustrations and colour choices are top notch.

What a shame then, that they didn’t extend the same quality control to their editorial process.

I was asked to write an article for the inaugural issue. I wrote a piece entitled A Brief History Of JavaScript. There is an article by that name in the PDF but the resemblance ends there.

Just about every paragraph of my original article has been altered to reduce clarity and make the prose sound clumsy (even clumsier than it already was: no mean feat). Worse still, some of the rewrites play fast and loose with the facts. According to this article, I wrote:

"A standardized DOM had already been created by a recently formed organization calling themselves the W3C."

I can assure that the words "a recently formed organization calling themselves" were nowhere to be found in my original text.

Now, I have nothing against ruthless editing but this is bad, bad, bad. None of the changes were run past me so the first time I saw them was reading the finished magazine.

In attempt to clear this stain on my public record, I’ll be publishing the original, unsullied version of the article in nice pristine XHTML. I’ll probably post it over on the DOM Scripting website.

Sorry, Particletree. Treehouse gets top marks for style but please, either get a qualified editor or put down the hatchet.

Have you published a response to this? :

Previously on this day

17 years ago I wrote Busy, busy, busy

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18 years ago I wrote National Poetry Day

Today is National Poetry Day in Britain.

18 years ago I wrote Yahoo! Racism!

Prompted by an article written by Derek Powazek at Design For Community, I wrote the following email to Yahoo!’s customer care department:

18 years ago I wrote The two extremes

Since September 11th, I have been voraciously reading news sites, personal weblogs and any other kind of commentary I can find on the web.

18 years ago I wrote My words to the W3C

Here’s the email I wrote to the W3C about the proposed change in licencing practices.

18 years ago I wrote Making Sense of RAND

For anyone who’s confused about the proposed changes at the W3C (and let’s face, the W3C isn’t known for its snappy writing), here’s a handy little article that sums up the issues.