Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: Michael West <WestM -at- conwag -dot- com>
To: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2008 15:30:56 +1000

Ned Bedinger wrote:

> Bill Swallow wrote:

> > I disagree. Software of any kind has one purpose, and that is to
> > communicate information to the user. Whether the coding goes into the
> > UI or the back end, it's all serving communication of information.
> >
>
> ...and is fair game as a documentation assignment, for a qualified
> technical writer.

As subject matter, yes, of course. But I thought Bill meant to suggest
that technical communicators should have influence in the design and
construction of the non-visible components.

> Funny how generalizing about us as communicators seems like static to
> me, but generalizing the function of a system as communication is like
> music to my ears.

Machine-to-human communications is one of a system's functions, certainly.
But not the only one.
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