One word answer: Bad.

Unless they don't care if they have unreadable, unusable, documentation.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "mulholland4" <>
To: <framers at>
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 3:54 PM
Subject: radical revamping of techpubs

I would like to see what the group thinks of this scenario for writing
documentation within a company?

1. Remove all existing tech writing staff from techpubs.
2. Replace these with software developers and specialists who know the
software inside out and get them to write all of the documentation. These
would now be known as Developer-techwriters. (It should be noted that none
of these people has English as a first language, despite this being the
primary market for the documentation.)
3. Hire editing staff to edit only the language and grammar of the documents
written by the software specialists.

The reasoning behind this scenario is; that this saves money as the
developers know the software, and it is really cheap to get university
students to come in and edit.

I won't make comments on this just now as i'm sure there are many of us who
just want to run screaming!


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