Re: Worthless Tech Comm Degrees

Subject: Re: Worthless Tech Comm Degrees
From: Kari G Andres <kandres -at- UDel -dot- Edu>
To: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2000 18:04:17 -0500 (EST)

well, i'm sorry-- i can't avoid this. i don't think anybody has said that
what goes into the document is irrelevant. in fact, a number of threads
have discussed how what the person's particular background has given them
the ability to digest technical information and then be able to write
about it. i don't care what tool you use, how you present the info-- if
it is not technically correct, or understandable to your user, it is
useless garbage. i think everybody agrees with that. what everybody
doesn't agree with is how to go about producing the document. in my
particular case, an engr degree is how i went about it. my cert in tech
writing taught me audience analysis and design. both of these are
invaluable. what i could care less about is frame vs word vs pm.
personally, i have never used frame-- don't think i ever will. i do use
pm, and i am going to be using quark because that is what my new job uses.
i got the job because of my background and my writing style, and my
ability to understand and digest a wide variety of subject matter and be
able to present it to an audience of choice. i did not get the job
because of the tool i use.

Kari Gulbrandsen
Marine Outreach Specialist
College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware

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