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: "Sean Brierley" <sbrierley -at- Accu-Time -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 08:44:41 -0400


Wasn't Lauren's definition this one?

<quote>A technical communicator is a person who performs any job or
holds any title within the field of technical communication.</>

One issue is that the programmer next to you has been writing since the
second grade. Why do they need a technical writer, they have that guy.
It's not what we write, but how we write and what we write about. And,
the tautologous stuff tells how we write. Our use of language is an
important part of what we do, I believe, and not at all redundant or
superfluous as some suggest.

Cheers,

Sean


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technicalwriter?


Keeping that language, once again, is like saying a physician is someone
who makes people healthy, or that a cook is someone who prepares
jaw-dropplingly delicious meals. That's inaccurate and does not fulfill
the needs of the audience, which wants to know what a <whatever youcall
it> *does,* not hear a lot of self-congratulatory back-slapping.

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