Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication

Subject: Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication
From: "B.J. Smith" <bjsmith -at- ucar -dot- edu>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:04:19 -0600

I would want to know more about the book's content before making a definitive choice on this. "Technical Writing" might indicate that the book is focused more narrowly on developing content than on developing and communicating it to others via multiple media.

On 4/4/2012 9:45 AM, Richard L Hamilton wrote:

I'd prefer not to start a Flame War:-), so Instead I'll ask a practical question.

If you were publishing an introductory book on this field, would you use Technical Writing or Technical Communication in the title?

For most situations, I think Technical Communication is the logical term, but for the title of an introductory book, I think Technical Writing is the better choice, because the intended audience of an introductory book is more likely to understand and feel comfortable with Technical Writing and is more likely to think Technical Communication signals either "something else" or a more advanced text.

But, I'm open to hearing alternate views (minus the flames:-).

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On Apr 4, 2012, at 7:23 AM, Cardimon, Craig wrote:

Let the Flame Wars begin!

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Technical Communicator = Technical Writer with an inferiority complex.

:)

Gene Kim-Eng

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References:
Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Richard L Hamilton

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