Re: Knowledge of subject matter

Subject: Re: Knowledge of subject matter
From: John Fleming <johntwrl -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 18:36:00 -0700


On Tue, 23 Mar 2004 09:23:15 -0700 (MST), while chained to a desk in the
scriptorium, Edwin -dot- Dahlquist -at- asu -dot- edu (Edwin Dahlquist) wrote:
> $Andrew Plato wrote:

[snip]

> $In short, I agree with Andrew--I think the emphasis should be on "technical"
> $rather than "writer," and that there are only so many jobs available to write
> $assembly instructions for exercycles, or whatever. From that perspective, a BS
> $in Biology or Biotech is almost a mandatory minimal credential for writing in
> $those fields, just as a BS in CSc or CIS is a big help in documenting software
> $and other computer related activities

I tend to agree as well.

The more knowledgable the TW is in the subject, the less time a SME
needs to spend going over basics and helping the TW understand.

Further, the TW is in a better position to ask relevant questions.

Time spent wiht a SME costs money. The SME is not doing the job the SME
was originally hired to do.

As someone else pointed out, the knowledgable TW is better able to sift
the good information from the BS.

More knowledge of the subject matter is a benefit to everyone involved.

John Fleming
Technical Writer
Edmonton, Alberta

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Knowledge of subject matter: From: Edwin Dahlquist

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