Technical Writers who write functional specifications

Subject: Technical Writers who write functional specifications
From: "Cathy De Rubeis" <de_rubeis -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 20:24:12 -0000

Today I was asked whether technical writers write functional specifications. My first reaction (and response) was that no, software developers write functional specifications. I discovered later, in going through the list archives that technical writers do write functional specifications.

In order for a technical writer to write functional specifications, what does she need to know? Is this a sort of promotion or a type of job hybrid (tech writer/business analyst)? Or perhaps it depends on the company size and/or view of what technical writers do.

Cathy De Rubeis
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