Re: Flow Charting and Technical Writers

Subject: Re: Flow Charting and Technical Writers
From: "Bergen, Jane" <janeb -at- ANSWERSOFT -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 17:23:43 -0600

In my company, NOT ONE developer does flow charting. I was shocked. I
still have my handy, dandy flowchart template in my desk and I do use it
occasionally...more for work flow or tracking user tasks than for
regular software flowcharting. I still find it very, very helpful when
I'm trying to work something out visually, but I've never heard of
another tech writer using it. I hope lots of replies prove me wrong.

I'm happy to hear that flowcharting is not dead.

Jane

Jane Bergen, Technical Writer,
AnswerSoft, Inc. Richardson, TX
(972) 997-8355
janeb -at- answersoft -dot- com


On Tuesday, February 03, 1998 4:55 PM, Anthony Markatos
[SMTP:tonymar -at- HOTMAIL -dot- COM] wrote:
> 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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