Re: Visually impaired technical writers

Subject: Re: Visually impaired technical writers
From: Rowena Hart <rhart -at- INTRINSYC -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 11:15:21 -0700


Sorry, but your post was somewhat inappropriate and
showed considerable ignorance of what blind writers
are capable of accomplishing.

I personally know and worked with a blind writer who
kicks my butt in terms of interviewing skills, writing
skills, project management, and product evaluation.
She uses software that reads menu items out loud,
and allows her to interact with and use a wide variety
of applications. She delivers her work on time and
to spec.

Soooo, before I get too off-topic, I'd just like to say that
before you judge what a blind writer is capable of, work
with one.



Rowena Hart
Technical Writer
Intrinsyc Software, Inc.
Vancouver, B.C. Canada

-----Original Message-----
From: Hutchings, Christa <cwhutchings -at- HOMEWIRELESS -dot- COM>
Date: Thursday, July 02, 1998 10:57 AM
Subject: Re: Visually impaired technical writers

>Boy, David, this is a tough one! Not being visually impaired, it's hard
>to make a judgment call on what is or is not within their capabilities.
>However, TW is a very visually-oriented profession. It requires an awful
>lot of "looking" at stuff - inspecting products/applications first-hand,
>reading specs, etc. Then you have other issues, such as page layout,
>illustrations, etc. to deal with. It seems to me that a visually
>impaired TW would require an awful lot of hand-holding and I wonder how
>many engineer/programmers are out there in geek-land that would be
>willing to patiently describe (over and over) exactly how their gizmo
>works. It's hard enough sometimes to get them to explain things to
>someone who can see and play with the gadget.
>Just my $.02.
>Chris Welch-Hutchings
>Senior Technical Writer
>Home Wireless Networks, Inc.
>mailto:cwhutchings -at- homewireless -dot- com

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