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Subject:Re: STC is broken From:jlshaeffer -at- aol -dot- com To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Wed, 30 Apr 2008 11:05:48 -0400
Given the situation that Beth describes, I'd bet that a large percentage of professional techwriters would just do the job for which they were hired:
Fill in the blanks on the website in accord with the customer's specifications plus all applicable rules of grammar and syntax. Then, the pro would deposit the paycheck quickly and move on to the next gig.
Beth Agnew wrote
I'm frequently called
last, to copy edit content that a web design firm (which employs no
techwriters) has stuffed into a beautiful but unusable design. And when
I start asking the client questions such as who is the audience, what
are you trying to achieve with the site, what action do you want
visitors to take when they come to your site -- all questions the web
developers never raised -- and then I have to tell the client that
neither the design nor the content work for what they're trying to do,
well, that's when the screaming starts. Simply because they've never
heard of the existence of professionals who specialize in shaping
information to meet the needs of the user, no matter what the medium.
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