RE: Techwr-1 polls

Subject: RE: Techwr-1 polls
From: jgarison -at- ide -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 12:50:37 -0500

Early 90s???

Sigh ... these youngun's.

I started writing back in '74 ... no video screens, just a text editor, IBM
C-Script as a formatting tool, and a line printer ... But if you want to go
back to the real origins of our profession, you should hear Joe Chapline
speak - he was the very first software tech writer. Back in 1946 he wrote
the operating system instructions for Mauchley and Eckardt's ENIAC ...

And, by the way, I started teaching tech writing in 1982, so I know there
were a few programs around.


John Garison
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-----Original Message-----
From: mike w [mailto:techmail_mike -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2000 12:16 PM
Subject: Techwr-1 polls

<snip> I've been doing tech writing since the early 90s, back
before there was even a name for what I was doing, and
when such a job was still relatively unknown. There
weren't a lot of courses or actual tech writing
programs. For me, it was a lot of trial and error.

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