Re: The Problem with STC

Subject: Re: The Problem with STC
From: Alan -dot- Miller -at- prometric -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 13:56:26 -0500

>> Before we, as *technical* communicators, can clearly explain a complex
>> technical concept, we must thoroughly understand that concept. This
>> requires research, curiosity, and a thoroughgoing understanding of
>> principles," the fundamental mathematics and science behind the

> But must we not cast any technical explanation in a framework of
>for the reader? One would hardly go into quantum physics and calculus
>a lay reader, but yet must make the techncial explanation a sensible one
>that the reader can appreciate and "understand" on some level. - Herm

Exactly. How else can a technical writer make those decisions, except from
an understanding of the topic? The more complex the topic, the deeper the
writer's understanding of it must be. I am not arguing for one at the
exclusion of the other. This is not "either or." I *am* arguing that the
"technical" in technical writer comes first for a reason. And that is as it
should be.

Al Miller
Chief Documentation Curmudgeon
Prometric(r), Inc.

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