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Subject:Re: Techie or Writer? From:Mercedes Abels <maa5906 -at- GRIFFON -dot- MWSC -dot- EDU> Date:Mon, 19 Feb 1996 07:29:15 -0600
This is perfect. I have frequently said that is't much easier to teach a
good technical writer how to explain a product, program, system or
service than it is to teach a good engineer, programmer, or developer hoe
to effectively communicate information about the product/service. These
are two entirely different sets of skills, both necessary, but worlds apart.
On Sun, 18 Feb 1996, NIVA Inc. wrote:
> That's where our clients come in. We rely on them to be the experts, to
> provide us with the information. They rely on us to properly and
> effectively communicate the information.
> Not to put too fine a point on it, our job is communicating for those who
> can't. Our goal is to make the complicated simple (not simplistic, mind
> you, because the material most often isn't), to ensure that all the
> appropriate information is communicated in the proper fashion, to the
> correct audience, at the right time. It is not to design, or invent, or
> account, or program.