Re: This too is technical communication

Subject: Re: This too is technical communication
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 10:46:44 +0800

Mike Starr said:
> 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.

Mike's objection seems reasonable to me, and could be easily
handled--say, by changing "strong communication skills" to "strong
writing and other communication skills".

The current draft definition appears to be aimed at those people who
think writing is all that we technical writers do. I don't think it does
enough for the greater number of people who have never even heard of
technical writers.


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