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To All User Assistance Developers,
There is no question that the software development world offers a lot of excitement and challenging work. In the area of software user assistance we are particularly challenged by having to master a wide range of disciplines. From foundation skills like writing and editingto the coding of contentto usability testing and user interface design, we find ourselves in a profession that is difficult to define. What is it that we really do?
The objective of this survey is to take a snapshot of our collective professional life in an attempt to identify what we value in our daily work as user assistance professionals:
- What emphasis do we place on writing and editingversus coding and design skills?
- What platforms do we support?
- Which technologies are most important to our UA systems?
The results of this survey may help us to better manage our career path and to improve the quality of our work.
The 2008 Skills and Technologies Survey was published on the WritersUA web site in November/December 2008. There were 340 respondents. Anyone could participate in the survey. We did not require respondents to identify themselves. What you have in front of you is a synthesis of the results. We're presenting our analysis in three different sections: Skills, Technologies, and Platforms.
This study comes with a couple of caveats. First, the majority of respondents are most likely customers of WritersUA. Most of the survey submissions came in response to email broadcasts we made to our mailing list. However, the WritersUA constituency is large and probably is a fair representation of the overall user assistance community. We also announced the survey on related discussion lists. Second, this survey is intended to represent the interests of technical writers involved in software user assistance and may not be representative of the technical communication or the software development communities at large.
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