The Wave of a TW's Future: (was RE: Tools & Technologies)

Subject: The Wave of a TW's Future: (was RE: Tools & Technologies)
From: "Cook, Jenise" <jenise -dot- cook-crabbe -at- pacificlife -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 09:20:25 -0800

===Steven Brown said===
I used SGML at a prior employer (a major mutual fund company), and it was a
wonderful experience. As a writer, it allowed me to focus exclusively on the
content while our first-class technology group (DTP types) focused on design
and delivery. At first it was difficult giving up control over font
selection, the bullets I used, and so on, but it got easier over time.

===Jenise asks===
Steven's comment makes me pause and say "Hmm." With all of the discussions
world-wide about XML, what will our jobs look like 20 or 25 years from now?
What will our profession look like? Will we find ourselves in one of two
groups: (a) Content Experts or (b) DTD/DTP Experts? Will we need to arm
ourselves to be both (a) and (b), or will we need to choose one and

Will XML lead us in 20 to 25 years, or will we TWs lead XML?

Again, Steven's comment about focusing only on content just caught my eye.


Jenise Cook-Crabbe
Sr. Technical Writer
<<Opinions are all mine,
and not my employer's.>>

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