TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Tools used in job From:edahlquist -at- gmx -dot- co -dot- uk To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Thu, 21 Feb 2002 04:30:38 +0100 (MET)
We are a group of Technical Communication majors at a university, and would
appreciate a response from anyone on this list willing to respond to a couple
of brief questions. We are surveying the use of software tools in the
current job market, to make suggestions for possible curriculum changes or
additional software availability.
1. What general area do you work in? (software docs, usability, aerospace,
2. What software tools do you use on a regular basis? (word processing,
help, graphics, etc.)
3. What software tools would you prefer to use on a regular basis?
We understand that the best way to learn software is to use it, and that
there are many alternatives, but we would really appreciate your opinions on the
4. What software tools would you recommend as "basic job skills" for tech
5. What other skills would you recommend as "basic" for tech writers?
The last question seems vague, unfortunately. What we need is input on
general areas that would be valuable for new people in the field to become
familiar with before entering the job market. There seems to be a wild swing between
the suggestions to take "pure writing" classes--journalism, English,
screenwriting--and other opinions that emphasize "pure tech" classes like
programming, networking, and engineering.
Did you know you can get RoboHelp certified?
To learn how, visit http://www.ehelp.com/techwr. Be sure to also check out
our special pricing offers and promotions for RoboHelp 2002.
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.