RE: Word Help (problem solved)

Subject: RE: Word Help (problem solved)
From: Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 15:25:07 -0800 (PST)

Susan Gallagher writes about her experience 'helping' a Grad student
set up a Word template only to have the Grad student take the easy way
out of formatting a page break (? I'm guessing) using a couple of hard
returns. She goes on to say:

> <sigh>
> I suppose expedience has its place, and the solution _is_
> easier to explain than setting space before a paragraph
> and/or using section breaks. But one of those students
> may apply to me for a job someday and send me their
> resume as a Word doc attached to an email. When I file
> their application under "does not understand fundamental
> tools", who will be there to explain to them why they
> didn't get the job?
> Am I just being curmudgeonly?

I don't think so. You did a good deed and tried to help someone. Sounds
like you helped them as much as they could take. I don't know if this
person would be the one attempting to get a job someday, but they'll
learn (or maybe not) about unintended consequences.

I know when I open a Word document, any Word document, I have the
hidden characters, spaces, and such always turned on. Of course, I get
a lot of stuff where I work written by people who can barely use Word,
so I'm used to 'fixing' things. But if a resume came in like that, I
can imagine doing what you do with it.

But then I suppose I am curmudgeonly too. <g>

Tom Murrell
Lead Technical Writer
Alliance Data Systems
Columbus, Ohio
mailto:trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com
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