Re: What is our role?

Subject: Re: What is our role?
From: "David Neeley" <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 08:33:26 -0600

After observing that most discussion on this list revolves around
tools and tips, Chris Kearney asked:

"Am I an inept dinosaur because I write instruction in Word, PDF it,
and send it off to the gateway publisher?"

"Sorry, I like my simple job of interviewing users and sme's, taking
shots, and writing in plain English (my language of choice). Is
anyone else out there actually happy to be a Tech Writer?"

Chris, it should be no surprise that a list of tech writers should
discuss the sorts of things that are so prevalent on this list. It is,
after all, a place where "shop talk" is encouraged. A focus on how
*happy* we might be to be tech writers would quickly become rather
boring, I suspect.

As for whether you are a "dinosaur"--well, personally I would (and do)
avoid Word where possible as I am one who believes it is not the best
tool for the job--but obviously you'll have rather vociferous
disagreement on that point!

I would say that the wide-ranging and enthusiastic contributions of
list members is the mark of people fully engaged in--and, in the main,
enjoying--their profession. Is that not enough?

David
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