Re: tool nonsense (gearing up to be a tech writer)

Subject: Re: tool nonsense (gearing up to be a tech writer)
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 13:38:48 -0700 (PDT)

To be honest...I wasn't lying as much as it sounds. I'd never used FM
to create anything. However, during one of my gigs, I would sometimes
receive files from sub-vendors and sometimes, they were FM. I HAD
used FM, but only to open the files and save in a format that Word
(at the time, v6.0) could import. At the same time, being an expert
with two menu selections doesn't qualify someone as a user...maybe 6
menu clicks does (just kidding).

Therefore, while I'd never created (or seen, for that matter) master
pages, TOCs, character or para styles, I had looked at the interface,
played with some menu choices, and knew what I was going to be
getting into before I did it.

I would never had made that statement with something like Interleaf.
At the same time, I would never use that limited exposure to mention
it on my resume as it would reduce the credibility of the level of
expertise that I claim for the SWs that I DO list.

> Shocking! Shocked, I am...
> Partly, John may have been able to carry out his bluff because he
> was a
> quick study. But I suspect that a large reason was that he knew
> what to expect in FrameMaker, even though he had never used it.

John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
"How to be happy in life: Never impose your beliefs
on anyone else and never fry bacon in the nude."
-- Anon
mailto:john -at- tdandw -dot- com, 732-259-2874

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