Re: Has anyone noticed...

Subject: Re: Has anyone noticed...
From: "Michael West" <mike -dot- west -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 06:25:05 +1000

>years and years ago, i had a manager who insisted

> on calling the 2 tech writers "documentalists".

>Made me crazier than I already was at the time.


"Documentalist" has been around longer than most people on this list (as
have I), and has a respectable pedigree in engineering and research. But it
isn't the same as technical writer or communicator.

"Tech writer" is fine but has connotations of a nameless shape who sits in
the corner and does weird stuff. And, I think, deservedly so.

Me, I'm hiring technical communicators to help me build our corporate
knowledge base -- because what I expect from them is not "writing", but




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