RE: sharing templates (was RE: HUMOR: I Need Help)

Subject: RE: sharing templates (was RE: HUMOR: I Need Help)
From: "Zdunczyk, Ann Eleanor (Ann)" <zdunczyk -at- lucent -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 10:34:30 -0500

I do not think that the question is where to share specific template
information such as you described. I do think that the majority of the
e-mails I have seen on this subject refer to the requests for specific types
of templates. I do not think anyone has a problem sharing information but
they do have a problem in dispersing templates that may have taken a certain
amount of time and knowledge.

I have learned in the past that it is easy to take something someone else
has done but when you are asked to make modifications, then it can become
very difficult if you did not go through the thought process that it took to
create the original program, template, etc.

Ann Zdunczyk
Technical Support Specialist - JOAT, SWAG
CGT Webmaster
Adobe Certified Expert A.C.E. - FrameMaker 5.5
Lucent Technologies *
CTIP Global Translations Group

-----Original Message-----
From: Michele Marques [mailto:marquesm -at- autros -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 10:22 AM
Subject: sharing templates (was RE: HUMOR: I Need Help)

I think sharing templates does have a purpose: when the receiver is looking
for an example of how to do a specific task in a template.

For example, I have received a FrameMaker template from someone who was
demonstrating different ways to automate attaching warning/note/caution
symbols to paragraphs.

Another example: after expounding that I feel the best way to get
non-whirlers to properly use your Word templates properly is to program them
so that using the template properly makes it easier for the non-whirler to
generate the content and format the document, someone asked me if I had a
sample template. My templates of this nature are for very specific content
with a very specific layout; I had no problem sending a template to an
individual as it is clearly of no practical use as a template without being
heavily modified.

On the other hand, if I were to submit a sample template to the techwr-l
site, I would probably modify it to be a little more of a tutorial.

Michele Marques
Technical Writer,
Autros Healthcare Solutions
marquesm -at- autros -dot- com

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