Re: Programming terminology - definitions requested

Subject: Re: Programming terminology - definitions requested
From: "Christensen, Kent" <lkchris -at- sandia -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 08:33:32 -0700

re: Can someone shed some light on the following terms ...

Teach a person to fish ...

Mostly at the beginning of a software project there is a list of things the
software will eventually do. This list reads a lot like *both* the project
plan *and* the outline of the user manual. This is just one of many very
good reasons that the technical writer be part of the project from the
beginning. Another is that the writer gets to know the developers/engineers
and can ask them questions such as these. This should be a major advantage
of having in-house writers vs contracting out (but of course there can be
smart contracting). Directing these questions to this list indicates a
level of detachment from the development team that will likely prove not


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