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(An interesting conference report about the development of technical writing in Israel. Here is an excerpt:)
Starting a Revolution in Technical Communication
Miriam Lottner of Tech-Tav gave a lecture at the recent Israeli Technical Writing Conference that has started a revolution.
The gist: ten years ago we were writing PDFs and CHMs, and today we’re writing PDFs and CHMs. Meanwhile, vast numbers of people around the world are now turning to Google, blogs, forums, Wikipedia, and so on to find information. If five years from now, the only thing we do is write PDFs and CHMs, we’re soon going to be out of the loop.
My own take on this is: we exist to smooth and enhance the experience of the user. If the only information they need is from the programmer, we function as rapidly less-needed middlemen. How can we stay relevant?