RE: The Origins of Techwriting (WAS:Re: Techwr-1 polls)

Subject: RE: The Origins of Techwriting (WAS: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 14:47:36 -0500

I apologize if I made an error assuming that all technical writing was
computer writing. I know it's not the case ...

I recall seeing some articles published in the STC Journal a number of years
ago - Geoffrey Chaucer - English's First Technical Writer. I also recall
hearing James Burke comment in one of the "Connections" series pieces that
Julius Caesar was a great technical writer - some of his treatises on
warfare and war equipment are excellent examples of writing about a
technical subject...



-----Original Message-----

Eric Dunn reminds us:

Again the collective prejudice of so many on the list rears it's ugly head.
Technical Writing = Computer software documentation

Mechanical and electrical systems have been around for ages. While many
industries relied on apprenticeship to relay repair and operation knowledge,
many technical operations and repair documents have been produced in the
years
pre-computer.
Remember the days when "cut and paste" actually involved getting your
fingers
sticky or when drafting tables were actually used for drafting? (If you do
you're older than I am ;), I think I read about it in a book somewhere....)

Eric L. Dunn

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