Re: Writers job description/definition

Subject: Re: Writers job description/definition
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 10:24:33 -0800

My experience a long time ago in the far, far away galaxy of
aerospace was that the majority of technical writers were former
engineers, many of whom could take one look at a wet-behind-
the-ears engineer's description of a "new" design proposal and
point him to the records for an almost identical attempt 20 years
earlier that had produced a spectacular exploding rocket aerial
lightshow, then tell him how the problem had eventually been
fixed. The first time I ever met a tech writer who did not have a
technical background was in the early 90's at my first "high tech"
(semiconductor) company, and they hired me because their
"non-technical technical writers" were failing to grasp the tech
of their new product line.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sharon Burton" <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com>
> In another galaxy far, far away, when most tech writers worked in places
> like aerospace, apparently the engineers provided all or almost all of the
> info and the writers edited it and made it look nice. (I'm not slamming any
> one here, this is what I've been told by people who worked in the industry
> for 30 or 40 years. YMMV)


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