Re: Best remote tools for tech. writing

Subject: Re: Best remote tools for tech. writing
From: Dianne Blake <write-it -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 10:25:49 -0800

"Le Vie, DonaldX S" wrote:
> 7. Javascript...I've learned just enough to be dangerous, but I rarely get
> called to use that skill. If you're going to promote yourself as a technical
> writer, then I don't see much call for using it; if you're going to promote
> yourself more as a web design guy, then you'll need to learn it.
> 8. Lots of folks hang with the MS Office crowd, and with that in mind,
> learning VBA might be a good thing to know. I've used it to customize Excel
> and Word for internal apps and it's made people happy.


Learning Javascript and Java would be helpful (at least in the CA
area). Not so much that you need to be a programmer, but so that you
can read code. I repeatedly see opportunities for technical writers
where they want them to be able to understand code. Of course this is
because they expect you to sit down, read the code and then write
documents that explain what the code is doing.

Now, if that is not what you want to do, then I agree with Donn, you
only need to know Javascript if you are going to be doing web stuff.

- Dianne Blake
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