Re: FWD: Telecomm writing vs. Software writing

Subject: Re: FWD: Telecomm writing vs. Software writing
From: Horace Smith <hsmith -at- WT -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 19:02:48 -0500

>1. What qualities are needed to succeed in the telecom environment? Do
>they differ from those needed in the software environment?

Yes, drastically. Manuals for any electronic equipment, not just telecomm,
require sections on theory of operation, repair, and operation. Software
manuals usually require only the latter.

>2. How much of an engineering mindset do you need?

The more, the merrier. Busy engineers won't write the stuff for you, and
you wouldn't use it if they did.
>3. Is it possible to transition back to software documentation?

No problem. In fact, most telecomm stuff has lots of software involved. Its
the hardware that may give you the problem.>
4. Anything else telecom writers can offer that would be helpful in
>making a decision in this regard.

Unless you have a strong background in electronics, you might not want to
do this.

Horace Smith

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