RE: don't believe the offshore hype

Subject: RE: don't believe the offshore hype
From: "Wade Courtney" <courtney -at- hsq -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 11:57:03 -0800

I'd be interested in how many U.S. writers have degrees in technical
writing/communication. I'm might be persuaded to bet that its not that
many. ;)

Personally, my degree is in information systems. I have only had one
class in technical writing.


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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-101782 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com] On Behalf Of Guy K.
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 11:20 AM
Subject: Re: don't believe the offshore hype

Wade Courtney wrote:
> Actually, its not the Philippines you need to worry about. It's
> India. I just left an Indian owned company (Elance) in September. I
> worked closely with the engineering group, who were primarily Indian.

> Many of them spoke and wrote better English than a lot of people I
> know.
> Technical writing isn't that hard of a job and most of the skills I
> use, almost all of the engineers possessed at Elance.

At last report (from the lead writer of the team of 5 writers in our
India office), there is no TW curriculum in the universities in India.
The writers come from other professions: engineering/programming/QU,
journalism, etc. Though Indian programmers use English in all their
education, many of them still seem to write not-quite-idomatic English,
and many still write in the rough style of many programmers who ARE
native speakers of English.


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