Re: Developer wants to take over documentation

Subject: Re: Developer wants to take over documentation
From: "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 16:05:27 -0600


What's the real story here -- are the developers trying
to cut the time they spend providing information,
change the direction or focus of the docs, assume
complete control/power in the project, or ???

At the rough cut and without knowing the political
situation and structure, I'd say that you should
either maintain full editorial control and veto power
over their docs, or abdicate all responsibility whatsoever
for their docs. If they're doing and you're fixing, you're
not going to have much fun at all. ;-)

What do the QC people think of this idea? Tech support?
Users? Do the developers have any idea what they're asking
for? Or is that what you'll be telling them on Friday?

Can you provide any more info?


At 02:02 PM 4/29/97 -0700, Wilcox, John (Contractor) wrote:
>Have any of you ever encountered a developer who wanted to take over the
>documentation? It's just happened to me for the first time in my 11
>years as a TW. And when he brought it up, a few others said they would
>like to, too. Basically, it looks like I might have to teach developers
>the idiosyncrasies of publishing, with Word no less!!!!! Any advice
>will be greatly appreciated. I have to make a presentation Friday.
>John Wilcox, Documentation Specialist
>Timberlands Information Services
>Weyerhaeuser, WWC 2E2
>Tacoma, WA 98477-0001
>206-924-7972 wilcoxj -at- wdni -dot- com

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