RE: XML/DocBook for newbies

Subject: RE: XML/DocBook for newbies
From: "Joe Malin" <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 10:40:11 -0700

I agree, and I should re-word what I mean:

The future of technical documentation will belong to technical writers
with software development skills. *Not* because you need to know "the
technology", but because computers are so useful for organizing
information. In the days of the typewriter, a tech writer who could type
60 words/minute no mistakes had a decided advantage. In today's world, a
tech writer who knows Python and XML has a decided advantage.


Joe Malin
Technical Writer
jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com
The views expressed in this document are those of the sender, and do not
necessarily reflect those of TuVox, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Donald H. White [mailto:trlbldr -at- comcast -dot- net]
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 10:32 AM
To: Joe Malin; 'TECHWR-L'
Subject: RE: XML/DocBook for newbies

I am not offended by the assertion that "...the future [will] belong to
writers who are also software developers." I just think that, knowing
developers as I do, they just don't have the time to produce both
software and good, easy-to-understand documentation for users of that


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