RE: What notebook did you buy?

Subject: RE: What notebook did you buy?
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 12:05:13 -0400


Hi Judd,

Thanks for your thoughts!

1. I think it's unlikely that "many people" on TECHWR-L would be unaware
of major changes in their field.

2. Technical writing is a very broad "community" (I'll go with your
term). If you review the archives, you'll see that TECHWR-L members
document a broad range of hardware and software. Even so, I'll bet that
most of us *are* still "responsible for format and content." Aren't you?

3. If you review the archives, you'll see many lively discussions of the
role of XML in technical writing. There are perhaps hundreds of
references within those discussions to books, Web sites, and other
resources about XML. Most of these are a little more nuanced than, "XML
is the big player on the block when it comes to electronic
documentation."

4. This thread is *not* about operating systems. This thread is about
notebooks. The Mac OS may be hardware-specific, but Windows and Linux
are not.

Welcome to TECHWR-L!

Dan Goldstein

-----Original Message-----
> From: Spitzer, Judd L
> Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 10:34 AM
> To: TECHWR-L
> Cc: Amanda_Abelove -at- toyota
> Subject: RE: What notebook did you buy?
>
> Hi all,
>
> I thought I would share some of my personal experiences
> with the whole computer dilemma as it relates to documentation.
>
> First off, let me start off by suggesting something that many
> people here may not be aware of. There is currently a real
> "paradigm shift" (I hate to use that jargon here but it fits) in
> our community. At one time, the writer was responsible for format
> and content. Well, guess what, that's not really the case any more
> in many places. As companies start to look for electronic solutions
> to documentation, you will see traditional paper based formats
> disappear...
>

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