don't believe the offshore hype

Subject: don't believe the offshore hype
From: "Wright, Lynne" <lwright -at- positron911 -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 13:13:59 -0500

what... so somebody in the Philippines who only knows English as their
second language is going to write as well as we do? Sure! Let's extend that
line of thinking and train chimps to do simple surgeries. (PLEASE: nobody
get the idea that i'm equating people in southeast asia with monkeys! I'm
sure there are plenty of bright Philipinos/as, but ask any translator... you
must work in your native language to get it right.)

I don't think we need to get nervous about this happening, at least in the
near future... i'm sure some companies will try it, but I don't think it'll
fly.... we all know there are tons of people raised to speak English who
can't even write properly. Do you think customers won't complain if they get
manuals that are written like Japanese airport signs?

The bottom line is: tech writing is a really difficult job and it takes
somebody with a lot of diverse skills and knowledge sets to do it properly.
So I think that there will always be well-paid jobs for people who are
really good at it... because they are rare.

Lynne Wright
Technical Communications
Positron Inc.
5101 Buchan St. H4P 2R9
(514) 345-2200
fax: 345-2272


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