Technical Writing Defined At Last

Subject: Technical Writing Defined At Last
From: DURL <durl -at- BUFFNET -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 12:10:41 -0500

How does this strike you as a definition of technical writing
(remember writing?!)? I want a definition to explain what technical
writing is, and what we do, when I give
presentations. Here it is <drum roll>:
Technical writing has two parts. (1) The process is writing
information provided/generated/developed by
specialists for use by either the general public or by another group of
specialists with a different area or level of expertise than the original
specialists AND (2) The product is documentation that no one (or very few)
would read by choice.
??? Thanks for (civil) comments,

Mary Durlak Erie Documentation Inc.
East Aurora, New York (near Buffalo)
durl -at- buffnet -dot- net, or

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