Re: Why should I be worried about the merger?

Subject: Re: Why should I be worried about the merger?
From: "Kathleen" <keamac -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 22:52:51 -0700




Hi all,

I've been watching this thread with some interest, curious about the
debate. Aside from the term worried (which I think could actually be
interpreted as
being-aware-of/taking-into-consideration-for-the-long-term), I'm
wondering if some of the issue revolves around breadth of experience and
type of tech writing being done.

Having done content heavy tech-writing, primarily with Word, I've been
impressed with the different issues encountered once a person attempts
complex web/online help tasks(e.g., HATT list requests). Even Word
provides a lot of capabilities that can be used if you really know the
program (although ...).

In that regard, I think Chris has several important points about why we
try to continue using certain programs, especially if we've mastered the
finer capabilities. Maybe the only people who don't regret it are those
with prodigious experience and/or memories <g>.

Kathleen

PS "Anybody can turn out a simple flowchart diagram using Word" Really?
Never figured out how.

>From Chris C:
But for those who want to get the most out
of these extremely complex tools, there's such a high level of effort
required to become an expert (learning the strengths and foibles of each
tool, the shortcuts, the workarounds, tailoring and customizing each
application to get the most efficiency and quality in the least amount
of
time) that having to do it all over again with different (and mayble
less
capable tools) is painful.

Bill Swallow wrote:
> Yes, I include web design and graphic design as part of my skills
> offerings. Whether I use Adobe or Macromedia or Corel or another
> company's products to do my work is moot.



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