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Subject:RE: Programmer/Writer? From:Deborah Cooper <dcooper -at- edispatch -dot- com> To:"'Dawn Marie Oliver (Write Stuff)'" <a-dawnmo -at- microsoft -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Thu, 30 Sep 1999 06:18:18 -0700
As a technical writer/developer who has also worked for
Microsoft, I agree with you, Dawn. If I were not a guru VB
developer, then I have limited myself to writing about "those
easy to learn topics", and therefore, there's no need to attach
the "technical" word to my title. As a writer, I have the word-craft
tools I need to explain concepts clearly (i.e., language) , I have the tools
(like Microsoft Word, ForeHelp, HTML, and so on) to put my words in a
digestible format, and I have the programming expertise (create
apps in VB and understanding issues like APIs, controls, object
oriented programming, etc.) to correctly classify myself as a technical
writer. Now, this also leads me to the title of teacher...but that's
another long story!
From: Dawn Marie Oliver (Write Stuff) [mailto:a-dawnmo -at- microsoft -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 1:11 PM
Subject: RE: Programmer/Writer?
I am a Programmer/Writer for my contract agency. What that means
to them (and me) is that I have the expertise to write the
documentation for programmers (API documentation).
I understand the programmers and what they are talking about
because I have a programming background. I can write to that
specific audience, on the level they prefer.
It may be different for other companies, other cities.
a-dawnmo -at- microsoft -dot- com
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