Re: "Software Technical Writing is a Dying Career"

Subject: Re: "Software Technical Writing is a Dying Career"
From: Sion Lane <sion -dot- lane -at- unit4 -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:51:06 +0000

Like others, I have been hearing about self-documenting software and embedded help for over 10 years. The software I document at the moment would be completely incomprehensible without either intensive training or user assistance, despite the hundreds of thousands of dollars and man hours invested in its UX.

The author makes some good points about adapting and being open to different avenues, but this shouldn't come as a surprise to any tech writer worth their salt. Proclaiming the death of a professional field on the basis of two informal social interactions is rather presumptuous.

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