RE: Status of the Technical Writer

Subject: RE: Status of the Technical Writer
From: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Yves JEAUROND <jingting -at- rogers -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 10:29:58 -0700 (PDT)

Good points. I think our goal is to keep a foot in
each world, technical and communications, and to both
represent technical issues to users and represent
users to the technical side. That's what writers have
always done with information, and it's the power of

--- Yves JEAUROND <jingting -at- rogers -dot- com> wrote:

> If you look for books about technical writing before
> the 1950s,
> technical writing is mostly secretarial: neat
> typing, mailings,
> how to grease a typewriter. and so on. Akin to a
> scientist/technician pairing.
> The scientist used a chalkboard, a tape recorder
> and scribbled notes;
> his secretary, and the printer got the pubs going.
> Have things changed that much? Sure, the means
> have gotten
> sophisticated--neat HTML, mail merge, how to
> install SW and
> printer cartridges... But it's still an
> engineer/TW pairing.
> Or boss (bank, military, production facility) and a
> writer to do
> the bidding; all from badly formatted docs, emails
> and voice mails. :-)

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