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If I were interviewing a tech writer and decided to give a small written
test, and got a response that, verbally or non-verbally, communicated the
message that "I didn't expect this," that
person sure wouldn't be at the top of my hiring candidate's list.
Tony Markatos responds:
What you are implying is that writing skills are a primary determinant to
one's being able to create highly usable end-user documentation. I have
never experienced such (15 years in technical communications). Skills in
end-user task analysis, documentation organizing, estimating, and
verification - these drive quality documentation efforts. Writing, editing,
grammar, and desktop publishing have a RELATIVELY minor impact.