Re: "Surviving the Dying Career of Technical Writing"

Subject: Re: "Surviving the Dying Career of Technical Writing"
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:11:15 -0700

It's a seller's market in the Silicon Valley / San Francisco area where I work.

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 4:28 PM, Rick Lippincott <rjl6955 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> It's obvious from the first paragraph that the author of the article
> believes that "software technical writing = technical writing." Well,
> for anyone in that mindset, yeah the profession may be dying. At the
> very least, it's getting to be a lot smaller.

In the steam era, mechanical engineers would write their own notes and
most technical information was transmitted informally. You can find
examples of technical writing as far back as writing goes, but
technical writing didn't exist as a profession until WWII, around the
same time as software development.

> 150 years ago, technical writers probably were documenting steam
> engines, and they probably went into a panic when the simpler and
> easier-to-maintain internal combustion engine came along. The field
> didn't die then, it's not going to die now.
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