Re: TW Backgrounds

Subject: Re: TW Backgrounds
From: Guy McDonald <guym -at- DAKA -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 09:54:15 -0800

Mr. North's commentary interests me since he is what was termed as a =
"hybrid" writer, therefore I hope to see more from him in the future.

A perspective coming from Europe, (which he hails from) is welcome (at =
least by me). How are the markets, trends, future projections with =
regards to Technical Writing in Europe?

Guy McDonald
guym -at- daka -dot- com

From: Simon North[SMTP:snorth -at- TEDOPRES -dot- NL]
Sent: Monday, December 18, 1995 1:58 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: TW Backgrounds

As usual with such sweeping generalisations, the classifications are =
innaccurate. You have left out at least one major group: people whose
interests were too wide to allow themselves to be squashed into a niche. =

consider myself to be a member of this group and I am personally =
with several more. To illustrate, at school pure mathematics was my =
subject but I also loved eng. lit. I went to university to study maths, =
and computing but _hated_ statistics. Transferred to english and french =
studies. Career choices were too limited, so re-trained as avionics =
followed by 6 years 'in the field' as an electronics repair technician.
Now (past 13 years), technical author with (even though I say it myself) =

thorough understanding of electronics, software (several languages,
right down to compiler internals) and a wide range of engineering =

I am by no means an exception (certainly not in Europe at least). We are =
people who never call decide between 'arts' and 'sciences'. Technical =
is probably the only discipline that so perfectly combines the two.

Simon North
Documentation Engineer
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