Re: Non-technical, Technical Writers

Subject: Re: Non-technical, Technical Writers
From: Horace Smith <hsmith -at- WT -dot- NET>
Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 13:52:32 -0500

At 09:07 AM 5/7/98 +0100, Damien Braniff wrote:
>> knowledge as an end in itself, in a time when knowledge changes all the

If you don't know how something works, how, pray tell, can you tell me how
it works?
Technical writer is two words. You need to be both to be a good one.

>I agree totally that inquisitiveness, ability to learn etc is VERY
>important but I feel that a good BASIC knowledge of a topic is essential to
>documenting anything. I've never worked on a job where there was the time
>luxury to learn everything from scratch. It CAN be done but is isn't easy
>and, as I've said, there usually isn't the time.
>Damien Braniff
>Technical Author
>PAC International
Horace Smith
Sr. Documentation Engineer
Syntron, Inc.
17200 Park Row
Houston, TX 77084
mailto:hsmith -at- wt -dot- net
mailto:smith -at- syntron -dot- com

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