Re: Certification -- what's in it for writers

Subject: Re: Certification -- what's in it for writers
From: Scott Turner <quills -at- airmail -dot- net>
To: Jerry Franklin <jerryfranklin -at- alumni -dot- northwestern -dot- edu>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 12:20:00 -0500

The real question is what do you certify? That you can spell?

In my career i've documented hardware installation, maintenance, hardware and software user manuals, software installation, business processes, regulatory guidelines.

I've written API documentation, programming guides, release letters. I've written under myriad different style and quality standards, so where is the commonality that isn't present for any competent writer?

A good tech writer is a competent writer, and has the ability to learn quickly and synthesize that information into a documentation for a specific audience.

You don't have to be an expert in the field you are documenting.

And since the STC hasn't the money or personnel how do you create a certification process that has meaning and validity?


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