Re: Economist magazine points to decline of tech writing

Subject: Re: Economist magazine points to decline of tech writing
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 17:43:43 -0500

There is an entire world of industries that the only use of computers is
their engineering, accounting, and technical publications, which are about
manual (as in work, not paper) operations that no algorithm is going to
produce as the input is from watching and asking questions, or doing it yourself.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Lin Sims" <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Kaylin Boehme" <kaylinboehme -at- quadax -dot- com>
Cc: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2015 10:48 AM
Subject: Re: Economist magazine points to decline of tech writing


Personally, I'm dubious that the people running the study have a good idea
of how many industries use technical writing/communications. No matter how
intuitive software is, there will always be a need for technical
information, if only on how to troubleshoot it and, for large systems, how
to administrate it and hook it into multiple systems. And that's just the
software industry. How intuitive is it to use, say, a dremel? Or a
front-end loader? How about flying an airplane? Prescription
documentation?
Electron microscopes? And so on and so forth.


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