Re: technical Writing Skills

Subject: Re: technical Writing Skills
From: Matt Harmon <mh1704 -at- ACS -dot- APPSTATE -dot- EDU>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 1995 00:44:17 GMT

On Wed, 8 Feb 1995 15:40:46 GMT, Mean Green Dancing Machine (aahz -at- netcom -dot- com)
wrote :

> Normally, I'd say writing ability is more important. However, it can be
> critically important to have a tech writer who really understands the
> problem domain. In my first and only job as a tech writer, my ability
> to program in C turned out to be crucial in writing the manual, in large
> part because I was able to get the programmer to change the product
> design in certain ways that made it easier to document.

Meaning no disrespect but, shouldn't a good technical writer be able to
get around any aspects that make a product difficult to document? This is
what's always been expected of me (English major, Computer Information Systems
minor and documentation specialist for a local computer/network project).
No-one ever said this job was easy--that's why tech writers are
compensated as they are.

--
Matt Harmon at
mh1704 -at- xx -dot- acs -dot- appstate -dot- edu
(finger this account for North Carolina Weather Forecast)


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