Re: Technical communicator vs. technical writer

Subject: Re: Technical communicator vs. technical writer
From: "Lippincott, Richard" <RLippincott -at- as-e -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:26:01 +0000

(On digest, so as usual late to the party...)

Although a lot of people wouldn't care for definition, when asked "What's a technical writer do?" the answer that I've found seems to get the most recognition from people is when I say "We write instruction manuals."

No, it's not inclusive of the entire profession, yes it implies print only, so no it's not 100% accurate. But I have found that it will do.

But my favorite description of what we do is just three words: "We explain things."

--Rick Lippincott

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