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I have noticed an increase in job listings for combination
Programmer/(Technical) Writers. As I understand it (please correct me if I
am wrong), these individuals write end user documentation directly off of
What is the demand for such people? Is this some sort of major new trend?
Can you recommend any good written materials on this?
I have a real concern about this. I had a job where I had to create end
user documentation directly off of code. The reason was that the interface
was so complex (i.e., poorly designed) that I had to tear apart the code to
figure out what the thing did! If this is what these Programmer/Writer jobs
are all about, this a real step backwards. Comments?