RE: More about the changes coming to tech writing

Subject: RE: More about the changes coming to tech writing
From: "Lippincott, Richard" <RLippincott -at- as-e -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 17:57:09 +0000

Not to sound like a broken record, but...no, technical writing isn't going away. As usual, it's changing, but it's not going away.

We document the new, and so long as there -is- "new," there will be a need for people who do what we do. When human invention stops, then our jobs will stop...but at that point, we'll probably have our hands full with other worries.

Now to the worry of the blogger: is -software- documentation going away? Not completely, but it's getting smaller for the reasons he states.

For those who see tech writing as "user docs for software systems," you may indeed find the jobs are going the way of the 1920s Sears & Roebuck tech writers producing assembly instructions for kit houses, or the 1960s Zenith tech writers producing TV repair manuals. Of course, the Sears writer couldn't foresee the job of the Zenith writer, the Zenith writer couldn't foresee the job of today's SDK/API writer. Is it any wonder that our writers today can't foresee what people will be documenting as soon as ten years from now?

I've said this before, I'll say it again: Our job description in three words is "We explain things." People will always need explanations. It's as simple as that. The method and media may change, but then that's happened before.

So, as Douglas Adams would say: "Don't panic!"


Rick Lippincott, Technical Writer
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Subject: More about the changes coming to tech writing

This is a lot, almost too much, to think about.

http://customersandcontent.com/2014/05/06/the-death-of-technical-writing-part-2/

http://www.doc-department.com/blog/view/183-will-there-be-any-technical-writers-in-10-years





Cordially,

Craig Cardimon | Technical Writer
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