Re: How are Technical Writer's Perceived

Subject: Re: How are Technical Writer's Perceived
From: "Maria" <maria -at- modena -dot- stpn -dot- soft -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 10:17:37 +0530

> Hi,
> Well, this is a question that bothers most of us Tech Writers in India.
> Here not all companies hire technical Rwiters. Hence in India our presence
> is not too many as compared to other places like US. Many companies i have
> come across somehow suggest that they do not require Technical Writers
> throughoout the year, only require them when the product has been
> and some docs have to be written before handing them over to the client.
> Hence lot of companies go looking for Contract Writers. But certainly this
> is not the case with all companies here in India. Things are getting
> better............but slowly...
> Another thing: most companies treat Technical writers as second cousins to
> the programmer. This attitude reflects in the pay, perks and other
> and also to some extent the working conditions. the Technical Writer are
> supposed to be doing the dirty job of writing DOCS, which they think is
> to great!!
> An Incident: We were running out of time for completeing the of
> the programmers was asked to join out Technical Writing team for a few
> to help us speed up the process. Well this happened after a lot of Groans
> and Strains.......and one fine day i hear one of the senior Technical
> Head(Prog) telling the programmer " Your value has really gone
> has fallen from a height , but don't worry just for a few days......."
> Can You beat that?
> But this is not the only attitude...relects in some places ...subsides in
> other situations. Companies where Technical Writing Deaprtments are fully
> established are a different story altogether ...
> Cheers,
> Maria
> Technical WRiter
> Modena Software (I) Pvt. Ltd.
> New Delhi

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