RE: Tools used in job

Subject: RE: Tools used in job
From: jgarison -at- ide -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 10:17:40 -0500

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-----Original Message-----
From: edahlquist -at- gmx -dot- co -dot- uk [mailto:edahlquist -at- gmx -dot- co -dot- uk]
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 10:31 PM
Subject: Tools used in job

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
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,

>> Software

2. What software tools do you use on a regular basis? (word processing,
help, graphics, etc.)

>> Dreamweaver, Acrobat, FullShot, Fireworks, some Word

3. What software tools would you prefer to use on a regular basis?

>> We're fine with what we use

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
4. What software tools would you recommend as "basic job skills" for tech

>> Depends on how you publish what you write. We are 100% online, and our
application is a browser-based, so we use top of the line HTML authoring and
management tools.

5. What other skills would you recommend as "basic" for tech writers?

>> Take as many technical courses as you can, because you can't write
effectively about stuff you don't understand.
>> Take as many writing courses as you can because anything that will help
you write better, clearer, more directly will benefit your readers.
>> Learn as any tools as you can because the more tools and applications you
learn, the easier it gets to learn even more.

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