Re: tech writers, the state of the profession (was RE: Paper size Q: Is 8.5 x 11 less economical than 8.375 x 10.75?)

Subject: Re: tech writers, the state of the profession (was RE: Paper size Q: Is 8.5 x 11 less economical than 8.375 x 10.75?)
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 10:23:50 -0600


Sean asks:

>Are we only doing online stuff anymore, do any of us know the
>craft of "printing," and, do we care? Are books and printing
>a tertiary (or lower) concern?


Good question! I think for many of us it has become a lower concern, which
kinda bums me out because I find the whole printing/publication process
fascinating. But my last gig only required us to deliver PDFs, which we
tried to configure to be generically printable. And in my current gig, I'm
a one-man shop; the printing process consists of firing off a job in Word
and walking 10 feet to the printer. Bummer.

Then again, I grew up with parents in the newspaper business, so I still
think hand-set type is way cool. Damn, I'm old.


-Keith Cronin
who learned early that em, en, and pica were great Scrabble words

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