Slaying Word

Subject: Slaying Word
From: "Dan Hall" <dhall -at- san-carlos -dot- rms -dot- slb -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 14:00:20 -0500

On a slow day at work (and on the list)

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the tech writers,
And the mome pdf's outgrabe.

"Beware the Word file, my son!
The fonts that shift, the dialogs that flash!
Beware the table tool, and shun
The frumious files that crash!"

He took his vorpal mouse in hand:
Long time the Blue Screen foe he sought--
So he rested by the Ctrl-alt-del key,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as he stood by, enduring ennui,
The Word file, with macros of terror,
Came whiffling through the Windows GUI,
And burbled with an error!

Right-click! Left-click! And through and through
The vorpal mouse went snicker - snack!
He left it there, and killed its error,
And went galumphing back.

And hast thou slain the Word file?
Come to my arms my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
The manager chortled in her joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the tech writers,
And the mome pdf's outgrabe.

With apologies to Lewis Carroll

Dan Hall
Sr. Technical Writer
SchlumbergerSema RTEMS

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