Re: Post-holiday reality: RE-THREAD?

Subject: Re: Post-holiday reality: RE-THREAD?
From: Itowsley -at- aol -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2001 21:39:52 EST

In a message dated 12/29/00 4:06:41 AM Eastern Standard Time,
sharon -at- sintecmedia -dot- com writes:

<< wonder, do automotive manufacturers rely on tech writers to write
> owners'
> manuals? >>
Yes, they do. They hire the CHEAPEST contract house in the Detroit area to
do most of them. I have friend who worked on them - for that company. The
REALLY GOOD writers work on the stuff for the engineers and mechanics. Face
it, most people don't read the owners manual to a car - but they do read the
repair manual if they are a mechanic.

Another thing to note, the Auto industry is EXTREMELY gun shy about legal
ramifications to anything that comes from them. The legal department has the
LAST WORD for every document that goes out to a customer


Melissa L. Owsley
(I don't work for the auto companies because they are among the worst paying
groups in Detroit for Tech Writers.)

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