Re: I need your input - again

Subject: Re: I need your input - again
From: Ian Macdonald <imacd -at- PC -dot- JARING -dot- MY>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 11:20:16 +0800

>In article <9511112157 -dot- AA05548 -at- plamondon -dot- com> Robert Plamondon
> <robert -at- plamondon -dot- com> writes:
>>From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- plamondon -dot- com>
>>Subject: Re: I need your input - again
>>Date: 11 Nov 1995 16:36:59 -0600

>>Tracy Jones wrote:

>>>My question is - what do you think a tech writer is and what are we
>>>supposed to be doing. What exactly are are skills.

>>My short definition of technical writing is: "Finding out what the
>>reader needs to know to use a product, and telling it to him."

and Herman Holtz replied:

> I would generalize even further than that and call it, simply, writing
user instructions.

In my experience a technical writer often (normally) does more than write
user instructions.

My definition:

"A technical writer presents often complex information and presents it in an
appropriate format for the target audience"

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