Re: Query -- Software doc writer's responsibilities

Subject: Re: Query -- Software doc writer's responsibilities
From: "Foster, Betsy" <BFoster -at- MSMAIL -dot- HSII -dot- CCARE -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 5 Nov 1996 11:38:00 -0600

Hi Chris,

I don't write correspondance or proposals; however, I do work on style
guides, programmer's guides, templates, and other in-house documentation.
Most of these projects are done as a group effort with programmers or
other writers on my team. I also work on spreadsheets and forms that I
use for: tracking doc that I have out to programmers, tracking notes
that I need to get into the manuals, addressing questions that I have
about the software, and so on. I like the variety.

Betsy Foster
Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 1996 8:45 PM
Subject: Query -- Software doc writer's responsibilities

I would like to know more about the scope of the tech writer's job.

I address these questions to those on the list who were hired by software
companies to write software documentaion.

What other writing, besides the actual documentation, are you asked to
Are you sometimes expected as the hired pen to draft in-house reports,
correspondence, proposals?

Am I mistaken in thinking that there is a creature called a software
documentation writer (or whatever) who just works with SMEs and the
software to develop documentation?

I appreciate any help you can give!


Chris Stone
kinoko -at- shizuokanet -dot- or -dot- jp

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