Re: "Software Technical Writing is a Dying Career"

Subject: Re: "Software Technical Writing is a Dying Career"
From: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:57:34 -0400

And that's a trend that I, personally, hate, because I can't always figure
out what's going on with those apps. Worse, neither can my parents, but
they expect me to explain it to them!

I usually enjoy exploring the various buttons and menu options to figure
things out, but that's when I have time to just play around. I really,
REALLY hate having to hunt through every item and option to find out how to
do something or whether it's even *possible *to do it when it's, you know,
the thing I want to do *right now*.

Give me documentation of some sort, whether a manual or a really good help
system. I don't care how "intuitive" or "obvious" the designers think
something is. It isn't always so for everyone.

On Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 11:21 PM, Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com> wrote:

> The trend seems to be just skip the documentation. My Android smart phone
> comes with absolutely no documentation for almost all of the default
> applications, none of the documentation for making calls or voice mail came
> in the box. I had to hunt down the device manual. Calendar app? nothing.
> Alarm app? nothing. Text messaging? nothing. Playing music? nothing. For
> the most part, only extremely powerful and complicated commercial and
> industrial software seems to get the benefit of documentation these days.
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Mike
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> On 8/18/2015 1:52 PM, Cardimon, Craig wrote:
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>> http://softwaresaltmines.com/2015/06/16/software-technical-writing-dying/
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>> Thoughts?
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>> Cordially,
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>> Marketing Systems Group
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"Software Technical Writing is a Dying Career": From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: "Software Technical Writing is a Dying Career": From: Mike Starr

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