Re: Sacred Cows

Subject: Re: Sacred Cows
From: Melonie Holliman <mrh -at- ABMDATA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 08:31:06 -0600

Howdy, Yall:

>It is easier to teach an engineer to write than it is to teach a "writer" or
>"technical communicator" to understand and explain engineering principles
>and technology.


Sometimes, sometimes not. It depends upon THE PERSON. Personally, I
learned how to write in college yet had an easy time learning the
technical on the job. I have known writers who would do better outside
technical writing; I have known engineers that cannot communicate
worth a darn and will never be able to communicate no matter what
you teach them.

I have also known writers who quickly and easily pick up technical
points and I have known engineers who write better than I do.

Once more, proof that generalizations usually get us in trouble.


Melonie Holliman
The Tech Writer
ABM Data Systems, Inc.
Austin, TX
(mrh -at- abmdata -dot- com)

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