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Subject:Re: Why marketing should make the user manuals From:elecimag -at- att -dot- net To:"Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, "Susan Hogarth" <hogarth -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Sat, 02 Sep 2006 15:46:41 +0000
Yes, it has gotten worse. Two issues; I had an interview for a full time technical writer position yesterday and I was astonished that the interviewer knew so little about Adobe, Apple and publishng in general. Since I only joined the is group yesterday and wish I had found it earlier, has anyone raised the issue of why I can only find contracted work, not full time. Has technical writing reached a stage where all we do is go into a company, fix all the Microsoft word documentation and end the gig? I quit building websites since that is mainly contracted out to low bidders. Thanks for all the tech tips. Are there any users of Adobe Creative Suite in the group?
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-------------- Original message from "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>: --------------
> It's actually worse than that. The "ease" with which writers can
> now *sort of* do the work of illustrators, page layout designers
> and typesetters has resulted in writers being REQUIRED to do
> it, and the result has been that many people in these fields have
> seen their livelihoods dry up while the quality of documentation
> has fallen due to writers having to divert time away from the
> important tasks of researching the products they document to
> do the production work formerly done with better results by
> Gene Kim-Eng
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Susan Hogarth"
> > At an auction, I came across a beautiful old 16mm projector. Didn't
> > buy it, because our house is too cluttered already, but the manual
> > alone was almost worth the price it went for (around $20, I think). It
> > was -lovely- - slick B/W pages with -wonderful- drawings and diagrams
> > and beautifully written. The layout was beautiful - more polished than
> > many books of the period (1950s, I think). I'm not a luddite, but I
> > wonder sometimes if word processors and layout software have just
> > enabled people to do things sloppily with more ease...
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