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

Subject: RE: The Origins of Techwriting (WAS:Re: Techwr-1 polls)
From: edunn -at- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 15:20:40 -0500

Renee LaPlume wrote:
"I don't find software documentation boring at all (well, not any more so than
any job having its boring parts)."

>From my stand point, the possibility of crashed computer doesn't seem all that
exciting/worrying (frustrating certainly). Software even once it runs is only a
simulation of reality.
Now, a 10 car 750,000 lb subway train being brought up to 55 mph or an 8,000 hp
loco being brought to 150 mph for the first time, that'll put you on edge. How
about walking NYCT subway tunnels with trains still operating?
Or, then again, getting a procedure wrong and having the emergency brakes
suddenly apply? :-(
No matter how complex software gets, some of us can settle for nothing less than
the sights, sounds, feel, and smells of the real thing. ;-)

Eric L. Dunn

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