RE: Tech Writer - why called such?

Subject: RE: Tech Writer - why called such?
From: "Chiles, SuzanneX" <suzannex -dot- chiles -at- intel -dot- com>
To: "'William Swallow'" <WSWALLOW -at- commsoft -dot- net>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 11:43:10 -0800

At Intel, we're called Information Engineers. Given the variety of daily
activities we perform, as in Bill's list, I think it's an appropriate title.


Suzanne Chiles
NID Information Engineering
Intel Corporation
suzannex -dot- chiles -at- intel -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: William Swallow [mailto:WSWALLOW -at- commsoft -dot- net]
Sent: Friday, November 12, 1999 6:36 AM
Subject: Tech Writer - why called such?

Technical writing, in my opinion, has no set job description. Here's what I
do on a daily basis:
* evaluate software
* write instructions
* write functionality descriptions
* text software
* find bugs
* handle client-specific issues
* create graphics
* publish to print
* publish to PDF
* publish to HTML
* create online Help
* provide internal training
* troubleshoot documentation tools
* audience analysis
* research emerging technologies
* Web design
* template control

I'm sure I'm missing some things... Anyhow, the point is that it is
incredibly difficult to find a title that fits all these tasks. Am I a
writer? Yes. Do I do other stuff? You betcha. Is it expected of me? Uh huh.

The title "Technical Writer" has been around for quite some time. The word
"technical" compliments "writer" in such a way that it transcends the
traditional writer stereotype and includes such things as software, product
specialization, industry knowledge and technological aptitude.

I'll wear any title my employer gives me, however I feel that no title
better fits my work than "technical writer".

Bill Swallow
Technical Writer
Aptis Inc.
a subsidiary of Billing Concepts
phone: 518.433.7698
fax: 518.433.7680
<mailto:william -dot- swallow -at- aptissoftware -dot- com>

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