Flow Charting and Technical Writers

Subject: Flow Charting and Technical Writers
From: Anthony Markatos <tonymar -at- HOTMAIL -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 14:54:35 PST

Question to all software Technical Writers:

Do software technical writers often have to flow chart the system they
are creating documentation on? I would ordinarily assume that any flow
chart (i.e., logical flow chart, data flow diagram, etc.) would be
created by developers and systems analysts and then given to the
technical writer. However, I have always had to create these myself.
Existing flow charts were either non-existent or unusable.

I have read numerous books on technical writing and none has even
mentioned flow charting as a TW task. Yet this is often one of the most
important things that I have to do.

I seek answers to the above for career planning reasons.

Tony Markatos

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