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Subject:Reply to: How much do you have to know? From:Tammy Williams <Tammy_Williams -at- OCLC -dot- ORG> Date:Thu, 3 Mar 1994 15:29:48 -0400
From: Tammy Williams:CEO
Date: ## 03/03/94 15:27 ##
I agree with Steve. You need to KNOW what you're writing about. I
think a technical writer should know enough about her subject to
teach it to the user. If you think about it, a lot of us are
instructors. We are the writers of do-it-yourself documents. Yes,
we write other information, but the bulk of what most technical
writers write is how to information.
Getting back to the original subject--a technical writer has to
know her information. A journalist can get away with
understanding information, but that understanding does not have to be
as deep as the knowledge a technical writer has to have. I'm not
saying that a journalist CAN'T be a technical writer. I am living
proof that a journalist can make the transistion. The key is that
there is a transition.
williams -at- oclc -dot- org
From: (Steve Fouts) sfouts -at- ELLISON -dot- SC -dot- TI -dot- COM:smtp
Date: ## 03/03/94 15:12 ##
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