RE: How many technical writers wear different hats?

Subject: RE: How many technical writers wear different hats?
From: "Rick Bishop" <rickbishop -at- austin -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "'Simon North'" <Simon -dot- North -at- quintiq -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2006 21:06:14 -0600

Wow! that list has to be a 'hat' record. But then everyone I've ever met
from Nederland has been pretty much the same: multiple widely diverging
talents and skills.
My personal favorite is:
"Remember that engineer that designed the widget you wrote all the manuals
for? Well, he quit yesterday, so can you do the Tier 3 help calls on that
while we try to hire a new guy?"

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Subject: Re: How many technical writers wear different hats?

I too would be amazed to hear of any TW wearing only one hat.

After "officially" joining the profession, I have variously been:

- programmer
- database programmer
- software QA (SEI auditor)
- trainer
- logistics engineer
- web developer
- translator
- field service engineer
- multimedia developer
- user interface designer
- standards expert
- network systems manager
- CALS expert
- TeX expert/administrator
- SGML consultant
- HyTime expert
- application support
- XML expert
- FrameMaker developer
- content management expert

In my current job:

- online help developer
- embedded help developer
- user assistance developer
- wiki developer/manager/owner/author
- localization manager
- usability consultant/auditor
- translator
- editor

... oh, and I write too.

Simon North.


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