RE: Programs for Writing

Subject: RE: Programs for Writing
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 14:52:48 -0400

Regarding beating up on the poll . . . the poll is there for a talking
point. But, hey, I didn't, I just offered my thoughts on the suibject
without offering that the current question was good or bad.

As for academia, it seems to me there are two or three workflows out there,
and I'd recommend teaching the workflows, in part, by teaching a
representative tool. For example, there is Web-based documentation, for
which you could teach Dreamweaver. Then, there is DTP-based workflows, for
which you could teach FrameMaker, Ventura, or the like. Then, there is
word-processing-based workflows, for which you would be stuck teaching Word
even if you love Corel WordPerfect ;?).


sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marie C. Paretti [SMTP:mparetti -at- swva -dot- net]
> FWI, we have this argument back and forth in academia all the time. How
> much "tool" do we teach students and how much "theory" (as in "Every *#!@&
> program out there has something like templates and styles - find and use
> them"). Me, I'm heavy on the theory side - if you can do it in Word and
> *understand* what you've done, you can do it anywhere, I always say - but
> there's also the "job ad" phenomenon and trying to prepare students for
> both what they need to do and what HR thinks they need to do. . . Balance,
> always balance. . . . where's Yoda when I need him?

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