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I've been assured that technical writing is not going the way of the
Edsel by many persons in high tech. Of course, nobody foresaw the
failure of the Edsel, either.
I agree that many folks don't understand why it takes so long to get
such simple, clear documentation; however, they DO notice when a good
writer is replaced by a bad one (or a difficult one). So, I don't
think we're going the down the Edsel route -- at least, not yet. It is
unfortunate that our true value isn't apparent until we leave, though.
Sr. Technical Writer
Microchip Technology, Inc.
teresa -dot- wittel -at- microchip -dot- com