RE: Define technical communicator's job

Subject: RE: Define technical communicator's job
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: Sean Brierley <sbrierley -at- accu-time -dot- com>, techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 14:55:21 -0400

Sean Brierley wrote:
> So, is this a good standard definition of a technical 's job:
> "Develop and design instructional and informational tools needed to
> assure safe, easy, proper and complete use of technical goods. Combines
> multi-media knowledge and strong communication skills with technical
> expertise to educate across the entire spectrum of users' abilities,
> technical experience, and visual and auditory capabilities."

What about services as opposed to goods?

And why limit it to *technical* goods? Aren't the instructions for
non-technical consumer products written my technical writers?

And the use of "tools" to describe what we develop and design bothers
me a bit. I think of our deliverable outputs as products rather than tools.
Tools are what I use to produce the deliverable products.

Just my first impressions...

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