FW: Famous Technical Writers?

Subject: FW: Famous Technical Writers?
From: Josee Mariann Proulx <jmproulx -at- ems -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 15:59:29 -0500

There would be John Newton, who wrote the telecommunications "bible", the
reference in telecommunications.

Laura Lemay is the most famous technical writer when it comes to Internet
development. She wrote the first comprehensive HTML book in 1994. It was a
bestseller, followed by several similar ones. Being a technical writer at
Sun Microsystems, she subsequently wrote other books on Java. Her style is
very concise, yet very clear. She is my all-time reference.

John December also produced several good books, such as the HTML Bible, as
early as 1995.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Hartzer [SMTP:BHartzer -at- cha-systems -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 2:35 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: Famous Technical Writers?

Hi all,

A recent discussion among technical writers at my company brought up the
following topic:

Are there any famous technical writers?
Has anyone ever become famous by being a technical writer?

Right now, the only "famous" technical writer I can think of would be
Joanne Hackos, who, in my book, has become "famous" by writing great
technical writing books. But that's only my opinion.

The technical writing industry has been around for a while, but is still
considered
by some to be "new." I know there are famous scientists, famous
pediatricians,
and famous football players, but is the technical writing industry 'big"
enough yet
so that we've created famous technical writers? Has our industry created
any
famous people?

If you're subscribed to this list, and you ARE a famous technical writer,
has anyone
ever asked you for your autograph?

Cordially,
Bill Hartzer


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