Re: Are Tech Writers Valid anymore Re: ghost town

Subject: Re: Are Tech Writers Valid anymore Re: ghost town
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:54:49 -0800

Somebody on another forum asked for examples of good online help, and
it took me a couple of weeks of mulling it over before I realized that
the best user experiences I've had in the last couple of years, most
recently from TurboTax and Norton, are less about help and more about
routing you quickly to the right support channel if the built-in
troubleshooting or FAQ can't solve your problem.

Though while I think mass-market UIs are evolving away from online
help, there's still plenty of documentation required for stuff that's
inherently not easy, such as developer tools and servers.

On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
> That's the reason I think "end user documentation" as we know it for UIs is
> on a downward slide toward extinction. The next big evolutionary step from
> desktop is some kind of hands-free interface, and each step in that process
> will require less "end user documentation" as the interfaces become
> increasingly smarter.
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Re: Are Tech Writers Valid anymore Re: ghost town: From: Janoff, Steven
Re: Are Tech Writers Valid anymore Re: ghost town: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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