Date: 06 Aug 2003 22:21:17 GMT
From: Gary Fritz <>
Subject: Re: Smoking 9-3

'nuther Bob <> wrote: > Yea, BS artists. The people who always impressed me were the tech > writers. They wouldn't even read the specs, but they'd do the > documentation. Most of the time they even got it right. I've done a fair amount of tech writing, and I've found that the specs seldom reflected the reality that actually got implemented. The specs may be an OK starting point, but your time is better spent verifying what the product actually DOES rather than what somebody once thought it might do. A good tech writer will understand the product better than the engineers, because the engineers generally have a narrow and intensely in-depth view of a small part of the system. My wife is about the ONLY person who fully understands the huge product she writes manuals and training for (and she also teaches the training), because nobody else pays attention to the whole picture. They're too busy looking at the cells of their piece of bark to even see the trees, let alone the forest. Gary

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