Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908

Subject: Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: 'Techwr-l' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2015 22:01:17 +0800

The headline does say "First Technical Writer" but the article itself and one of the comments make it clear he wasn't the first:

* the first /noted /technical writer
* the first /recognized /technical writer

... and go on to say that he ran a course TW, possibly the first. Apart from the unfortunate headline, this just reads as though the guy was a pioneer from a time before the term 'technical writer' was coined, which sounds fair enough to me (not having heard of him till five minutes ago).

Stuart

On 4/01/2015 9:44 PM, Rick Lippincott wrote:

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.
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Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908: From: Stuart Burnfield
Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908: From: Rick Lippincott

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