Re: Non-Technical Technical Writers -Reply

Subject: Re: Non-Technical Technical Writers -Reply
From: Chris Hamilton <chamilton -at- GR -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 13:49:01 -0500

Obviously the answer to both of those questions is "no." But do you have to
have a substantial knowledge of object-oriented programming and distributed
systems to tell programmers how to use the distributed application server we're
currently working on? I know you do.

Some jobs require that technical knowledge, some do not. In terms of software,
I'm pretty technical for a technical writer. That's my discriminator. It
carries value in a lot of places, but not in all. I think anyone who looks at
it entirely one way or the other on these questions is missing the boat. In the
words of the great Al Borland, "the right tool for the right job."


Lisa Comeau wrote:

> Jason wrote:
> 1. Do you need to be an electrical engineer to tell someone how to use
> their VCR?
> 2. Do you need to be an expert in networking protocols and
> programming
> to explain to users how to use their e-mail programs?
> AMEN BROTHER! (excuse the yelling, I just REALLY agree)
> Lisa Comeau
> IS Super-User/Trainer
> Canadian Standards Association
> comeaul -at- csa -dot- ca

Chris Hamilton
chamilton -at- gr -dot- com
My views, not my employer's.

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