RE: expanding our range and reference books

Subject: RE: expanding our range and reference books
From: "Neumann, Eileen" <ENeuman -at- franklintempleton -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004 11:13:24 -0500

Hi Caroline,

I've only just started Managing Your Documentation Projects, so I can just comment on style. I like the way it's organized and written. I was fearing it might be written in an academic style, as Hackos is a PHD, but it is written according to good tech writing principles - logical sections, headings, plain language etc.

And I agree with Katherine that Hackos' attention to the different stages communications departments are at is valuable. It's a useful idea that the next step in improving a department depends on where that department is at already. It may be theoretically a good idea for everyone to convert to an XML system, but if your department doesn't yet have an editing process established, that would be a better first step for that department. I believe that's the idea anyhoo.

Reference books-Word for Dummies. I am switching to print from online, so that's it for me at the moment.

Thanks for all who contributed to this thread. Interesting...

Eileen Neumann

-----Original Message-----
From: Caroline Tabach [mailto:Caroline -at- radcom -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 3:50 AM
Subject: expanding our range and reference books

Can you also say whether you recommend the book and why?

Also, what are the reference books you use in the office for your writing?



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