RE: Occupational title for discussion: Technical Content Developer

Subject: RE: Occupational title for discussion: Technical Content Developer
From: "Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>
To: <cardimon720 -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "techwrl" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 11:18:00 -0800

I might be way off base, but the title (alone) suggests to me that the
developer doesn't have mastery of the various types of media that
"technical writers" employ. In other words, the technical content
developer basically just churns out text and/or diagrams and
illustrations, and he doesn't worry his little head too much about how
that info looks and lays out on page or in on-line help. He doesn't care
about Word, Frame, RoboHelp (or other HATs), or InDesign (or other DTP
apps).

Leonard


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om] On Behalf Of Craig Cardimon
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To: techwrl
Subject: Occupational title for discussion: Technical Content Developer

How do you all feel about "Content Developer" or "Technical Content
Developer?"

If the question, "What's that?" arises, as I'm sure it will, you could
say, "I develop content for [insert your own stuff here]." Manuals, user
guides, technical presentations, instructional videos, web sites,
what-have-you.

I took "writer" out of the equation. Why? Many assume everyone can
write. "Gee, I wrote a grocery list today. That makes me a writer."

Also, many equate communication with writing, but not so with content
development.

Just a thought.

Craig




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