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>>>as I'm concerned, if you're not quarreling with the engineers on a regular
basis you are probably not doing your job as a technical writer.<<<<
Maybe it's just possible (and part of the job of the tech writer) to work at seeing things from their perspective.
>>>We have jobs because engineers often lack the personality traits necessary to communicate well with non-engineers. ;-)<<<<
Some engineers only have a problem with communicating with non-engineers (some actually can do it pretty well...let's not make sweeping generalities). However, a highly skilled communicator (such as us) will find out what it takes to communicate well with them, adjust his/her style, and have a tremendous degree of communications with that engineer simply BECAUSE the engineer appreciates the ability to get their point across by discuss things on their level.
We (or at least I) have jobs because we can speak to the engineer at the engineer's level, but then turn around and write to the audience at the audience's level.
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