RE: Not only writing skills...

Subject: RE: Not only writing skills...
From: bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 10:24:33 -0500

In no order, except the one I thought of them in:

- The differences between file formats, especially between raster and vector graphics, and compression systems (jpg vs. gif vs. tiff, etc.).
- The use of <alt> tags and related accessibility issues when using graphics for online documents. Visual harmony would also cover some of this in making sure that the colors do not cause readability problems.
- When discussing cropping, the difference between cropping in a photo editing program and Word (which only hides the "cropped" portion and retains the full byte count in the file size).
- An overview of the most common graphics applications, telling what each does and does not do.
- The advantages of working in layers.
- CMYK vs. RGB.
- Resolutions (72 dpi for online, higher for print).
- Copyright awareness (many beginners start "borrowing" pictures from the net with no thought of the legalities).
- Using filters.
- How to do screen captures.
- Resizing raster images properly.

BTW, Barnes and Noble University has a free online class with that exact title. You might want to check out what they've got at <http://www.barnesandnobleuniversity.com/BaseServlet/sched_home;jsessionid=aaa7YmMp1l12-G?schedulingId=50769&mapid=20769> for ideas or a possible "further reading" reference for your students.


-----Original Message-----
From: Stan Schwartz [mailto:stanz -at- cam -dot- org]
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 10:01 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: Not only writing skills...

I have been asked to teach a course "Graphic Design for Non-Designers" at a local night school. The aim is to help technical writers with related material not normally included in the curriculum. Can you offer suggestions for course content/exercises that might be beneficial in such a course?


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