RE: Word Help (problem solved)

Subject: RE: Word Help (problem solved)
From: Sharon Deitch <sharon -at- sintecmedia -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 10:17:43 +0200

Sue Gallagher asked:
> Am I just being curmudgeonly?

to which Sharon Burton-Hardin replied:
> No, you are NOT being a pain.

Count me in here!

I HATE seeing spaces and paragraph marks all over documents that cross my
computer. Given a choice, I'd also delete a resume that was not properly
formatted. I've often been tempted to write back and explain the problem,
but I never have.

I recently received a sample translation from a local company where, among
other sins, the translator had used spaces to line up paragraphs in tables
(instead of manual line-breaks, as were in the original). I told my boss
that there was no way we could accept that kind of shoddy work, especially
when plenty of others know how to work properly.

I used to tell my students that non-printing characters are characters
nonetheless, and that we mustn't discriminate against them just because we
can't see them on the page. Got a few laughs and helped drive the point

Good to know that I'm far from alone on this issue.


Sharon Deitch
Technical Writer
Jerusalem, Israel
sharon -at- sintecmedia -dot- com

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