Re: Imagine you teach

Subject: Re: Imagine you teach
From: Scott McClare <smcclare -at- DY4 -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 09:52:37 -0500

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jonathan B. Horen [SMTP:horen -at- PHOTONET -dot- COM]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 1998 1:35 AM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: Imagine you teach
>
>> Imagine you teach tech. writing.
>> You have to teach 1 of the following:
>> 1. The principles of On Line Help or
>> 2. The principles of programming.
>> Which would you choose and why?

>I'll take Door Number Two, Monty!

Hmmm. In that case, why not take a course from the Computer Science
department and leave the technical writing teachers to teach technical
writing?

Again, though, there's the assumption that we're all working on software
(though you're not making that assumption yourself, Jonathan). I have,
but I'm currently working for a company that deals in hardware. Right
now I would benefit a lot more from a background in electronics and
electrical engineering than I would from the "principles of
programming."

At the same time, though, I'm pretty sure I'd want to be taught
engineering principles by engineers, computer science principles by
computer scientists, and technical communication principles by technical
communicators.

Take care,

Scott

--
Scott McClare - Technical Writer
DY 4 Systems Inc., Kanata, Ontario, Canada
(613) 599-9199 x502 smcclare -at- dy4 -dot- com
Opinions are my own

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