Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908

Subject: Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908
From: Rick Lippincott <rjl6955 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 08:44:40 -0500

>Is anyone claiming that tech writing started with the computer age, Rick?

Yep.

For starts, all the people who claimed the first tech writer was
Robert Champline.

http://www.writingassist.com/newsroom/first-technical-writer-joseph-chapline/

--Rick Lippincott

On 1/1/15, Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au> wrote:
>> Another nail in the coffin of the myth that tech writing started
> with
>> the computer age.
>
> Is anyone claiming that tech writing started with the computer age,
> Rick?
>
> It's hard to imagine anyone thinking that, but if so, here's one of
> many sources that would put it to rest:
>
> From Millwrights to Shipwrights to the Twenty-first Century
> Explorations in a History of Technical Communication in the United
> States
> By R.John Brockmann
> http://www.bookdepository.com/From-Millwrights-Shipwrights-Twenty-first-Century-RJohn-Brockmann/9781572730762
> This text divides the history of American technical communication into
> three themes: the importance of visual communication (1791-1887); the
> power of genre (1791-1980); and the role of technical communicators as
> innovators within constraints (1948-1954).
> --- Stuart
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