“It’s a strange little business” – issues in technical communication
Avainsanat:technical communication, technical writing
AbstraktiThe quality of technical communication products, for example user guides, is often criticized. The structure or the contents may be confusing, or the information presented does not answer the questions we have about the device or software program we are trying to use. Technical communication as a profession is facing issues such as outsourcing and offshoring. In this paper, the field of technical communication is outlined and some of the main problems in the field are analyzed. Ethnographic data and literary sources are used as tools in the analysis.