RE: How are Technical Writer's Perceived

Subject: RE: How are Technical Writer's Perceived
From: "Cadorette Johanne" <johanne -dot- cadorette -at- locusdialog -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 15:40:34 -0500

Rebecca wrote: I *have* gotten, "And what does that mean?" from people, enough that when I introduce myself to non-techies I now say, "I write software manuals."

You know, I tried that once at a non-techie cocktail party ("I write software installation manuals" ) and the person just said, "I don't get it. I mean, don't you just slip in a disk and it installs itself?"

Rather than saying, "Well actually, what I write is for telephony techinicians who install a speech recognition call routing application and connect it to an existing PBX/KSU," I just chomped into a chip and said, "Yah, it does," and walked away.

I also recently came across a job listing where experience technical writing was needed...along with the ability to type 40 words a minute. It's sad, really.

To be honest, I didn't know what technical writing was until I started working as an editor in a documentation department.

What does it all mean? Who knows. I just want some chips.

Johanne Cadorette

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