RE: Baseline Skillset for Technical Writers?

Subject: RE: Baseline Skillset for Technical Writers?
From: "Anthony Markatos" <tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: hovde -at- engr -dot- iupui -dot- edu, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 09:54:41 PST

Majorie Rush Hovde said:

[An STC article stated that the] ...general areas of competence" [for a Technical Writer] are:

Plan the project
Co-ordinate the project
Research the project
Organize the information
Write the project copy
Plan the illustrations
Conduct project review
Produce the document
Perform administrative functions
Continue professional growth
Train and supervise employees

What would people add or subtract to this list?

Tony Markatos responds:

The above is a typical description - many books that describe "what a Technical Writer does" state, basically, the same. It fails to state the MAIN things that need to be done to create clear and concise documentation - especially for complex software products. It states a lot of the "other" things that are often needed - but not the main things required. I identify the main things in a separate posting (today).

Tony Markatos
(tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com)




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