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Subject:Re: Quote of the Day From:Jim Barrow <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Thu, 30 Aug 2007 08:27:47 -0500 (CDT)
>Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
>>Ladonna Weeks <ladonna -dot- weeks -at- comtrak -dot- com> said:
>> The few times I've run into developers with negative attitudes
>> toward tech writers, I remind them that if it weren't for us,
>> they would have to write the documentation (as in the old days).
>> Since many of them would hate writing documentation (even if they
>> could), that seems to help them see value in our profession.
>I've never experienced this attitude from a developer
>who has had to write his/her own documents. Those
>people usually greet me on first meeting with some
>remark like "Am I glad you're here." The ones most
>likely to have the attitude are the ones who've never
>had to do their own docs and would never be able
>to if they did.
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