Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication

Subject: Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication
From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "Steve Janoff \(non-Celgene\)" <sjanoff -at- celgene -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2012 19:16:02 -0700 (PDT)

That applies to about half the stuff I ever wrote about software.


You know, we aren't the only ones who have reason to debate whether the title of our career field correctly matches what we really do.  I think at least one third of software engineers should be called "binary dreamers" and another third should be called "prayer coders."



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From: Steve Janoff (non-Celgene) <sjanoff -at- celgene -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>; Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
Sent: Friday, April 6, 2012 1:06 PM
Subject: RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication

And because a lot of Technical Writers work in the general area of science, we can say we write "science fiction." :)  I like that.

Gork
(formerly known as Steve)

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From: On Behalf Of Peter Neilson
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2012 5:40 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication

Maybe not novels, but can any of us truly say that all the tech writing we 
have done has been totally without fiction? We certainly have been 
requested to produce fiction.

SME: "The feature isn't in there yet, but just say it is, and I'm sure 
we'll try to have to code working for Beta test, or at least by the second 
or third update after FCS. The fHgcalc() function will take two arguments, 
the time in milliseconds and the area in meters. No, better make that 
three. The voltage might be different."

In a case like that, whatever we write is bound to be fiction.

In times of great stress I have been known to produce poetry. Fortunately 
most of it has been lost.

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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
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Keith Hood
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Peter Neilson
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Steve Janoff (non-Celgene)

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