Summary: How Technical Communicators Use the Internet

Subject: Summary: How Technical Communicators Use the Internet
From: Chris Silker <csilker -at- MEANS -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 8 May 1997 07:58:52 -0500

Thanks to everyone who responded to my question of a few weeks back about
how technical communicators use the Internet. I've summarized the responses
below. The number of people making a particular response is indicated in

Chris Silker
Business Analyst
csilker -at- means -dot- net

Technical Communicators' Professional Internet Use (n=28)
Research (16), Find/download software (10), Professional development (9),
Technical writing mailing lists (8), Training/education (5), Reference (5),
Professional correspondence (5), Website ideas (4), Exchanging files (4),
Keep track of other companies (4), Technical support (3), Create/manage
website (3), Newsgroups (3), Keep in touch with field (2), Publish intranet
newsletter (2),

Other (13): Produce Internet business forms; acquisition; purchase books;
exchange ideas; copyright information; acronyms; track orders; email;
finding job openings; finding translation agencies; Dilbert; manage
department intranet; worst technical writing of the month contest

Technical Communicators' Personal Internet Use (n=8)
Vacation research (4), Genealogy research (2), Hobby research (2), Job
research (2), Read news (2),

Other (14): Financial information; keep on top of latest trends; cars; real
estate; university course schedules; tax information; entertainment;
political information; staying in touch; play games; discussions of
personal interest; live music broadcasts; online art galleries; make travel

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