RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication

Subject: RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: 'Keith Hood' <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>, 'Gene Kim-Eng' <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, 'Andrew Warren' <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 13:50:43 +0000

So how does the previously mentioned title of "information developer" grab you?

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Subject: Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication

I would prefer to be called a technical writer no matter what exact functions I perform. I think the word âcommunicatorâ is too vague and open to misinterpretation. You could say that the booth babes at a consumer electronics trade show are technical communicators. After all, they are distributing what is supposed to be information about high-tech items. So technically, they are communicating.

I abhor the idea of using the word "engineer" in connection with what we do.The phrase "information engineer" sounds to me like delusions of grandeur. I have too much respect for engineering to apply the title to a job where the most important thing I may do in a day is decide what size to make a screen capture in a PDF.Â

Engineering is working in things that can be quantified and expressed in math. We work with color preferences and hyperlinks. When we finally come up with a formula that provides repeatable valid results for estimating minutes per page to create a help system, then we can call ourselves engineers.

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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: Dan Goldstein
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Steve Janoff (non-Celgene)
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Steve Janoff (non-Celgene)
Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Peter Neilson
Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Peter Neilson
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Andrew Warren
Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Keith Hood

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