Re: Why should a tech writer learn XML?

Subject: Re: Why should a tech writer learn XML?
From: "Chuck Martin" <cm -at- writeforyou -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 13:32:30 -0700

<jsokohl -at- mac -dot- com> wrote in message news:235706 -at- techwr-l -dot- -dot- -dot-
> Specifically, if you're doing all your doc in Word (and not planning on
> single-sourcing), what value is there in attending an XML hands-on
> training session?
Well, the marketing dweebs might reply that Microsoft moved to an XML-based
file format for its latest incarnation of Word.

But a real reason is that the TC field is moving toward designing content
semantically, and a markup language based on or derived from XML is a real

Whether or not you're planning on single sourcing your material (and plans
can change), it should have no bearing on whether learning XML may be

Chuck Martin
User Assistance & Experience Engineer
twriter "at" sonic "dot" net

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