RE: One more thought on "Fast" and "Slow" Writers

Subject: RE: One more thought on "Fast" and "Slow" Writers
From: "Jocelyn Olivier" <jolivier -at- calendra -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 14:08:07 +0200



You should know that sometimes software writers have to "see and foresee things" too: In small software companies, the technical writer must start producing documentation long before a beta version is generated. Specs and SOR are not always available and some features assessed by the TW for the manuals sometimes serve as development orientations.

Did you know that 40% software products not released on time are due to unavailable documentation?



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From: letoured -at- together -dot- net [mailto:letoured -at- together -dot- net]


You and the other software writers don't get it. Its not having more time --
its not taking more time because its available -- it has nothing to do with
personality or style.

Its taking more time because its **necessary** It has nothing to do with
diminishing returns. People writing in areas beyond software have to think
about and address -- they have to see and foresee things -- that software
writers never even have to think about about.

That is what takes more time. That is why you go slow and carefully.



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