RE: What do you guys think of STCs new definition for technicalwriter?

Subject: RE: What do you guys think of STCs new definition for technicalwriter?
From: "Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: "'Bonnie Granat'" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>, "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 20:08:17 -0700

> From: Bonnie Granat

> I think Lauren's definition is best, but I would change
> "specific audiences"
> to "technical audiences.

Thanks Bonnie.

I like "specific" because it includes end-users receiving specific training
who may not necessarily be technical audiences. It also includes technical
audiences because they are specific.

General audiences could be any business user who may or may not be familiar
with subject that can include business processes or application procedures.
If an audience is not general than it is specific, which is like saying
*all*, but being more precise about who.

I can see the importance of including "technical," since technical audiences
seem to be a unique variety. Like a technical audience can be a novice to
an application but have a level of sophistication that extends beyond
"novice."

If the rule were to be expanded to include other audiences, like managerial,
then I would just as soon leave it as "general" and "specific," since
"managerial" is a specific audience.

Here's another update to the rule:

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Technical communication is communication of technical subject matter to
general, technical, or specific audiences using any variety of graphics,
publication, or media tools. A technical communicator is a person who
performs any job or holds any title within the field of technical
communication.
-------

Lauren


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