Re: Software Writers, ACM -WAS- Definition of Tech Writer

Subject: Re: Software Writers, ACM -WAS- Definition of Tech Writer
From: "Guy K. Haas" <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com>
To: fritillary -at- gmail -dot- com
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008 09:23:49 -0700

fritillary -at- gmail -dot- com wrote:
> I have to say out of all those contributing to this topic, I agree most with Bonnie.
> My experience in tech writing is this: I specialize in online help and software manuals, so when I hear the term "technical writing", what comes to mind - to me personally - is learning about software and writing the Whys and How-Tos for describing software functionality. I love it, it's like a form of translation, from engineering docs to language for users to make the most of the software product.
> Who else here specializes in software documentation? Just curious.
> Is anyone here is ACM's DOCSIG group? I'm considering joining and would like to find out about it from members.
> -- Jennifer --

I was a programmer from 1966 to 1982. Part of that time, I was involved
in programming language standardization (BASIC and COBOL). I've been
writing ABOUT software ever since.

Despairing of the STC, I have opted not to renew my membership this
year. I have rejoined ACM after a 25 year absence. We'll see about
DOCSIG..... Look at the respective dues for STC and ACM. Look at the
respective benefits packages.

I will keep an eye on STC, and will probably even send them feedback
about what I experience in ACM, in hopes that they will expand their
usefulness to us in the software docuumentation game

--Guy K. Haas
Software Exegete in Silicon Valley

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