Re: The Tech in Tech Writer

Subject: Re: The Tech in Tech Writer
From: Ami WRIGHT <ami -at- ziplink -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006 20:46:46 -0400

John Garison wrote:
>I think it was John Posada who recently said that a good writer should be
>able to write up to an audience level as well as down to a less technical
>audience. I grant that as ideal, but rarely see it in practice.

Maybe I'm an anomaly, but I've written about everything from consumer
electronics to programming tools, and people were happy with what I did
at both ends of the technical spectrum.

They are however, very different kinds of writing. With a non-technical
audience you have to be careful not to assume too much. People might
not know fairly basic technical stuff. With a technical audience you
have to be careful not to explain too much. They don't need concepts,
they just need the techy bits about your particular product.


Ami Wright
"Technical" tech writer
American with international experience

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