RE: STC Competition Question

Subject: RE: STC Competition Question
From: jgarison -at- ide -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 08:03:28 -0400

As an experienced STC judge (print and online) it's a tough place to be.

PDFs are not *really* online and not *really* print. In order to excel as an
online publication, they need to truly take advantage of the online medium,
and honestly, PDF doesn't really allow that to happen. OTOH, PDF isn't
really print either.

IMHO, they belong more in the print category, though, but be prepared that,
when you submit a bunch of laser printed single-side pages, you're probably
not going to win.

If I had my druthers, they'd have a separate PDF category.

My 2¢,


John Garison
Documentation Manager
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Concord, MA 01742

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-----Original Message-----
From: Roger Bell [mailto:RBell -at- OptioSoftware -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2001 5:02 PM
Subject: STC Competition Question

I am preparing some entries for our local STC competition. Two of my
entries are manuals in PDF format that our company provides to customers on
a software CD. The manuals are primarily for the customer to print and use
as physical copy. Although there are hyperlinks, and customers could use
them online.

I can't decide the appropriate category for entry. Last year, I had a
similar entry and entered it in the Online Competition as a Book. Although
it won an award, one judge criticized me for entering in that category.

Anyone else have a similar story?

Roger Bell
Senior Technical Writer
Optio Software, Inc.
"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an
optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties." ~ Harry Truman



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