Re: The End Of Technical Writing

Subject: Re: The End Of Technical Writing
From: Greg Holmes <greg -dot- holmes -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 06:02:53 -0400

I think some confusion arises in the "tool
vs. writing" discussion due to definitions.

I spent much of yesterday taking a big mess
of links on a web page and putting them
into a usable table format (and sadly, they
weren't *quite* regular enough to automate
the process). Was this "tool use", or,
because I was using my brain to present
information in a much more usable format,
was it "writing"? Tool knowledge and
tricks certainly helped a lot.

(Yes, I know it wasn't "authoring" - red
herrings to the left, please; herrings
of other colors to the right ...)

Or for another example, is deciding whether
to use an animated simulation vs. text
to describe a process writing? How about
producing mockups of each?

Point being, if I had to fill out a time
sheet using "tool use" and "writing"
columns, that would be largely creative
fiction writing ;)

Greg Holmes


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