RE: Reference books you use the most

Subject: RE: Reference books you use the most
From: "Giordano, Connie" <Connie -dot- Giordano -at- FMR -dot- COM>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 10:41:34 -0500

1. Google
Techwhirlers website.
Chicago Manual of Style.

2. On-line help, user manuals, systems admin doc, specs, UI design,
training, RFP responses, marketing materials, and highly obnoxious birthday
greetings to friends and family.

3. Cats. Which means Keith is working his way towards becoming a real tech
writer. I had an interview once with a recruiter who said he could tell
real tech writers by the number of cats they had. Almost as useful an
indicator as whether you use style sheets in your resume.

In fact we had a thread about a year ago on this, and discovered that most
tech writers have at least one cat or dog, and like Diet Coke. Hardly
scientific, but exceedingly entertaining.

Senior Technical Writer
Advisor Technology Services
A Fidelity Investments Company
704-330-2069 (w)
704-330-2350 (f)
704-957-8450 (c)
connie -dot- giordano -at- fmr -dot- com <mailto:connie -dot- giordano -at- fmr -dot- com>

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through
snow." - Jeff Valdez

-----Original Message-----
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com [mailto:kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2002 8:08 AM
Subject: Reference books you use the most

Okay T-whirlers, here's a Monday morning survey.

Like many of you, I have a shelf full of reference books, all of which I
occasionally need to use. I'm curious as to which reference books you use
most often.

I'm not looking for lengthy explanations of why you use them, nor am I
interested in how evil or wonderful you consider certain books to be -
feel free to start your own thread along those lines. Instead, I'm
interested in which books you have to pull off the shelf most frequently,
regardless of whether you like these books or not.

I've boiled my super-scientific survey down to the following three

1. List the reference books (maximum of five) that you use most

2. In one sentence, summarize or list the kind(s) of writing you do. (i.e.
manuals, help systems, marketing, fiction, humor, journalism, weird sig
lines, etc.)

.....and to keep this truly scientific......

3. Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Thanks in advance for your participation!

-Keith Cronin

I *think* I'm a tech writer. But it's been a few days since the topic has
been discussed on the list, so now I'm not so sure.

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