Re: "A few things tech writers frequently say"

Subject: Re: "A few things tech writers frequently say"
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:18:51 -0500

On Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:02:15 -0500, Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:

5. Tech writers donât include more examples because they donât have the
information to write examples.
- The technical writer is not the SME. If the tech writer doesn't ask for
specific examples to do something, the SME cannot provide them. Often the
SMEs provide examples as sample code that cannot execute out of context.
The writer will not necessarily know this, but the writer must ask.

A. Writer has been given a 'toy' system for doc purposes. Does not know it's a toy.
B. Machine supporting writer's example system is obsolete and too slow. Execution of real examples crashes or takes all night. "Good" machines are only in dev lab or at customer sites, but tech writer is blamed for not knowing how to use system, and believes the blame.
C. All the good examples to date are proprietary to the product's original customer.

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