NZer to head international technical writing body

New Zealander Margery Watson has been appointed president of INTECOM, the international organisation for technical writers and communicators, at the body's conference in Milan.

New Zealander Margery Watson has been appointed president of INTECOM, the international organisation for technical writers and communicators. The two-year appointment was made at INTECOM’s conference in Milan.

Watson is also the president of the local industry group, the Technical Communicators Association of New Zealand. She has been working in technical communication since the mid-1980s, specialising in online documention for the past 11 years.

Watson says the presidency is an “exciting challenge”. INTECOM — the International Council for Technical Communication — is working to develop international standards, as technical writers often now work on documentation for an international audience, and to improve the recognition of technical communicators, she says.

Watson told Computerworld Online the standard of documentation in New Zealand is “generally very good”.

“We keep in touch with the trends and maintain a number of internationally recognised standards,” she says.

INTECOM is also working to foster technical communication societies in more countries. TCANZ recently assisted in the formation of a technical communicators’ group in Brazil.

INTECOM usually holds an annual conference, and next year will gather in Germany. The general assembly features representatives from around the world, particularly Europe, Scandanavia, the US, Canada and Australia.

Watson hopes having a New Zealander as president of INTECOM will be valuable for local technical communicators.

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