What is a "techie" technical writer?

Subject: What is a "techie" technical writer?
From: "Thompson, Carole" <cthompson -at- sfa -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 13:50:42 -0500

Since several messages from Thursday's list (I get the digest) mentioned
"techie" and "non-techie" technical writers, I was wondering how other
people on the list would define the differences between the two types. A
former co-worker once told me he thought I was more a writer than a
technical person, but I consider myself a techie for several reasons:

1. I used to be a programmer/analyst (back in the dim time, mostly
military-specific languages).
2. I have written interface requirements.
3. I have written API documentation and reverse engineered design docs from
source code.
4. I am a bit of a geek regarding personal interests.

That said, I know I could never hold my own in a conversation with a real
technical person and I probably couldn't program my way out of a paper bag
using Java or any of the other newer languages. So am I really just a
"pseudo-techie"? Or is it all a "mute" point anyway (sorry Arlen, couldn't
resist that).

Carole Thompson
cthompson -at- sfa -dot- com

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