Re: This too is technical communication

Subject: Re: This too is technical communication
From: "Mike Starr" <mikestarr-techwr-l -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2007 00:57:39 -0500

I attended a session at the STC conference where this was the topic of
discussion and my suggestion that the new definition is a bad one because
nowhere does it even mention the core skill of most technical
communicators... writing... was met with scorn and derision.

I'd suggest if someone relies on the DOL definitions to find someone to
write a user manual, they won't find "Technical communicator".

No doubt about it, it's a wonderful concept to incorporate the wide variety
of skills we employ in this definition but I'm inclined to believe we're
throwing the baby out with the bath water.

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----- Original Message -----
From: <jlshaeffer -at- aol -dot- com>
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Sent: Friday, June 01, 2007 10:00 PM
Subject: Re: This too is technical communication

> DOL definition of Technical Communicator (accepted in principle, but not
> published):
> Develop and design instructional and informational tools needed to assure
> safe, appropriate, and effective use of science and technology,
> intellectual property, and manufactured products and services. Combine
> multimedia knowledge and strong communication skills with technical
> expertise to educate across the entire spectrum of usersâ abilities,
> technical experience, and visual and auditory capabilities.
> Existing DOL definition of Technical Writer:
> Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or
> operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.
> (from Intercom, June 2007)
> Jim Shaeffer


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