Re: Tech Writer Responsibilities

Subject: Re: Tech Writer Responsibilities
From: Fred Randall <frandall -at- SOMAT -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 1996 11:24:32 -0500

>I am curious. Should technical writers, whose normal responsibilities
>are within an IS organization, take offense when asked to write or edit
>marketing type articles and brochures? Is it proper that writers say,
>"I'm a technical writer and only write user manuals! I can't write
>maketing material."

>Apologies if this has been debated by the list recently. I just returned
>to its friendly :) confines.

They can take offense if they want to be arrogant about it. Of course
they should help with marketing materials. I do it often and am glad to
because I often find differences what's in the documentation and what
marketing wants to say in terms of product capabilities, etc. It also
gives me a chance to make sure the copy is written well. And it can
be a welcome diversion from technical work.

Fred Randall
Documentation Specialist
SoMat Corporation, Urbana IL (in the Heart of the "Silicon Prairie")

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