RE: Mere editing (Re: He said...She said...He said...etc.)

Subject: RE: Mere editing (Re: He said...She said...He said...etc.)
From: Kim Roper <kim -dot- roper -at- vitana -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 15:40:15 -0500

Keith Cronin said 'umbly:

> To me tech writing encapsulates everything it takes to get a manual or
> help system out the door.
> Researching, getting training, interviewing, writing, editing, posting
> rants on bulletin boards, creating and tweaking graphics, designing
> documents, etc. If I'm working with legacy docs it also means
> inheriting,
> maintaining, and (I hope) improving them. I never stopped to
> think of that
> as a particularly grand or menial function. Just part of the gig.
> I've never had the luxury of JUST writing. Or "merely"
> editing. Or working
> with a "mere" editor. What a luxury that sounds like!

I'm with Keith on this one, except that in my world, "technical writing"
also includes bringing the marketing collateral into line--box labels,
datasheets, Web site updates, ads ...

Word or FrontPage, Edlin or Notepad, I don't care. Whatever it takes.

Cheers ... Kim
kim.roper at

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