RE: What tech writers "do"

Subject: RE: What tech writers "do"
From: "egalite" <egalite -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 20:31:11 +0800

Aside from writing online and printed help, I do lot of product testing,
both functional and usability, and log defects into a bug tracking system.
Also provide feedback on UI design.

By virtue of being the "piggie in the middle", I often also make the
developers aware of what's going on outside of the component they're
developing. You'd think this would be the PM's job, but I guess he doesn't
ask as many probing questions as I do.

And I make sure everyone uses the same terminology.

Generally, if it's in my skill set, I help out where I'm needed.

Trish :)

: > From: Melissa Nelson
: > I will representing Michigan Tech and technical writers in
: > general at the National College Fair next week in
: > Baltimore. I was hoping to put together a list of what
: > tech writers do, so that when I am asked that question, I
: > can give some interesting answers, and not just the
: > generic "write manuals and stuff" reply.
: >
: >


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