Re: Non-technical, Technical Writers

Subject: Re: Non-technical, Technical Writers
From: Beth Agnew <bagnew -at- INSYSTEMS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 13:01:43 -0400

Far be it from me to squelch a good debate (!) but can I show you my
continuum again? I like it because it's got these neat rainbow colors on it
now. (I bumped it up to 256 colors when I got my new paint program.) Way
over here, in the indigo, (stretch out left arm, waggle fingers) are the
really good writers who are okay with technical stuff. Way over there, in
the reds, (right arm, waggle) are the technical people who can sort of
write. Here in the middle, where most of us are, in the yellows, greens and
blues, are a slew of folks who can deftly combine good writing with a good
understanding of technical material.

Maybe your company wants and needs writers who are more red than blue.
That's okay. Users sometimes need writers who are more violet than yellow or
orange. That's okay too. Isn't that what's great about this profession?

It ain't easy bein' green...

Beth Agnew
Senior Technical Writer, InSystems Technologies Inc.
65 Allstate Parkway, Suite 100 Tel: (905) 513-1400 ext. 280
Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 9X1 Fax: (905) 513-1419
mailto:bagnew -at- insystems -dot- com Visit us at:

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