RE: Worthless Tech Comm Degrees

Subject: RE: Worthless Tech Comm Degrees
From: Roy Jacobsen <rjacobse -at- GreatPlains -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 08:45:30 -0600

I think you might have misunderstood Andrew. (And don't feel bad; you
wouldn't be the first to misunderstand him. :-)

What I got from Andrew's rant was that the choice of tool used to create a
document is at best secondary to the quality of the information it conveys.
A disorganized, obfuscated muddle is still going to be a disorganized,
obfuscated muddle, whether it was written with FrameMaker or with a #2
pencil on Post-it Notes (R).

You see, Andrew has this crazy idea that content matters. I agree with him
on that point. (And he does create content, besides running an agency.)

Roy M. Jacobsen
Documentation Supervisor
Great Plains
1701 38th Street Southwest
Fargo, ND 58103

"[The Y2K bug] was sorta like dodge ball. You hardly ever get hit by the
ball you see." -- Patricia Jacobsen (age 12)

-----Original Message-----
From: Carnall, Jane [mailto:Jane -dot- Carnall -at- compaq -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2000 6:28 AM
Subject: Worthless Tech Comm Degrees

(...or Yes, Another Platonic Monologue)

>FrameMaker is totally, utterly, one billion percent irrelevant if your
>document contains inaccurate, misleading, or disorganized information. This
>why the remainder of the known universe thinks FrameMaker is a big,
>useless dinosaur. Because only tech writers have this bizarre, quasi-sexual

>attachment to it.

You know, this is completely bizarre. Is Andrew Plato really of the opinion
that using FrameMaker to create a document will automatically create a
document that contains inaccurate, misleading, or disorganised information?

Or that because FrameMaker is a tool for technical writers, it is a big,
bloated, useless dinosaur?

But then Andrew's not a tech writer: he runs an employment agency for tech
writers. Is this yet another example of "Them that can, does: them that

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer and Compendium
of Useless and Arcane Knowledge

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