Re: "Software Technical Writing is a Dying Career"

Subject: Re: "Software Technical Writing is a Dying Career"
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Laura Lemay <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:37:57 -0700

I don't think the trend is limited to software. Generally speaking, instructions for most consumer level products have been migrating away from "manuals" and towards quick-look cards and labels for quite some time now. The last thing I bought was a tablet, and the "instructions" were a series of pictograms printed on the bottom of the box.

The printed safety and other regulatory inserts, on the other hand, took up almost as much space in the box as the tablet. If you're determined to maintain a career writing for end users, switching from writing "how to" to "don't ever" would probably be a good move.

Gene Kim-Eng



On 8/18/2015 2:05 PM, Laura Lemay wrote:

The article is pretty explicitly about end-user product documentation for software applications. Given those parameters, I canât disagree with anything in that article.

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References:
"Software Technical Writing is a Dying Career": From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: "Software Technical Writing is a Dying Career": From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: "Software Technical Writing is a Dying Career": From: Laura Lemay

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