Published "stealable" samples, was HUMOR, I need help

Subject: Published "stealable" samples, was HUMOR, I need help
From: Tothscribe -at- aol -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 07:57:21 EST

>our Barnes & Noble has several shelves of Visual Basic
>books, most of them advertising a CD-ROM full of
>sample programs and code. There is nothing remotely
>comparable for Technical Writing.

Which begs the question... maybe there should be one?

>maybe somebody should start a web site with generic
>examples of documentslike API Guides, User Manuals,
>etc.

Once upon a time I kicked around the concept of making
a "Technical Writer's Companion" aimed at student or
new technical writers, with sample docs, fill-in-the-
blank style sheets, a comparison chart of standard
styles, the rough and dirty basics of HTML, indexing,
DTP, etc. Not a full primer on anything, but a quickie
guide to a little bit of everything - enough to get a
person started and pointed in the direction of more
information.

Life got in the way and I put the project down, but
maybe there's a market out there after all? I'd like
to hear offlist if anyone would think it worthwhile,
and if so, what sort of topics they'd like to see in it.

Nea Dodson


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