RE: Technical Documentation solutions?

Subject: RE: Technical Documentation solutions?
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 10:42:43 -0400

I am surprised nobody else offered an opinion on this. Clearly, it
doesn't rise to the level of one versus two spaces or FrameMaker versus
Word, but is there no thoughts, offerings, or opinions on:

1) Automatic creation of content.
2) Technical writing without technical writers.
3) Technical writing duties not affecting the core responsibilities or
time of SMEs, engineers, analysts?

Maybe my thoughts are offbase. Say, is the subjunctive appropriate for a
user guide written in the third phase of the moon using Volkswriter?



Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
203-805-0572 (voice)
203-597-1488 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Brierley

Nope. Engineers want to engineer. They enjoy it. Analysts want to
analyze. They enjoy it. Team leads want to lead. That's their thing. And
the manager likes his coffee with two creams and three sugars. But, none
of these guys are about technical writing. It's not what they signed on
for, it's not interesting to them, and it takes away from their primary

It's a blood from a stone thing. If you need content to get written, you
cannot add that to the chores of an existing workforce and expect no
affect on their day-to-day core jobs.

Get back to us in 6 months and tell us what happened. Sounds like you
can get some neat verbiage for your resume, though.

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