RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question - VBA, Macros, etc.
Many of you have talked about using Microsoft Word for technical writing, and the wide array of things you do to make it "tick" the way you want it to (so it doesn't tick you off quite so badly!). I haven't used Word for tech writing in more than six years, and when I did, didn't know all of those tricks. What sorts of things do you do, and what do you do to do them? That question leads us to this week's poll:
Do you write or use MS Word add-ins, VBA macros, or both, for your technical writing duties?
* I write add-ins using Visual Basic 6
* I write add-ins using another standalone product
* Write VBA code inside Word for use in my company
* Write VBA code inside Word for my own use only
* Create recorded macros for my own use
* Use commercial add-ins to Word (e.g. Doc-To-Help)
* Use add-ins or VBA code provided by colleagues
* I do not use add-ins or VBA for Word
* I do not use Word for technical writing
* Other/None of the above
This is another poll question where I had to select "Other/None of the above".
This is because the bulk of my VBA macros are written for Excel and PowerPoint rather than Word. Further, for many of my Excel macros, the code is designed to manipulate other Office applications *including* Word.
While the driver for developing these kinds of applications has more to do with database applications and less to do with technical writing, that ability to manipulate other applications from within one of the Office applications is one of the wonderful powerful things VBA can be used for.
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