Re: Diverse Tools (was HTML editors)

Subject: Re: Diverse Tools (was HTML editors)
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001 10:02:04 -0700

Andrew Plato wrote:

I get resumes every so often from writers that refuse to use particular
tools, usually Word. We throw these resumes away. We use Word for many
projects and will not tolerate incessant tool bickering among writers. Our
clients pay for results, not holy wars and bickering. And we are all
perfectly productive with the tools chosen. Why should my firm spend money
to accommodate one writer because they have a personal obsession with a
non-standard tool?

I consider using the tools the client requests to be one of the basic rules of contracting.

Personally, I have a deep-seated loathing for MS Word, but, if that's what the client wants me to use, I use it (funny, isn't it, how money come overcome such dislikes?). I may try to avoid using Word, but I never push this preference too far. Doing so would only risk losing the contract. And, more important than any single contract, if I repeatedly pushed the preference, I'd get a reputation for being difficult and risk losing other contracts.

In short, it's not just unprofessional to insist on your preferences - it could alsobe suicidal.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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