Re: techwr-l digest: November 02, 2005 - Re Education and Single Source

Subject: Re: techwr-l digest: November 02, 2005 - Re Education and Single Source
From: wsfn <WSFN -at- rocketmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 06:10:25 -0800 (PST)

Education: Started life working toward BA in Art
History, one parent a librarian, the other a
computer guy. Worked a temp job which changed my
life... who knew tech writing would be my thing?
Anyway, I switched degrees and got a BA in
English with emphasis in Tech Writing, technical
field geology with three university based
certificates with full portfolios (tech writing,
tech editing, professional writing). I
in help systems and process improvement working
with CMM, CMMI, and ISO 9001:2000 teams.

Single sourcing: I recommend starting with
RoboHelp as your single source. The output can
be many things including HTML and Word files. I
also agree that PowerPoint is not the best way to
go and argue that Word as the source is BAD.
Word brings huge amounts of useless crud into its
HTML and other conversions. Ugly way to go.
With RoboHelp, you have lots of options and
cleaner HTML results also.

Good luck,


--- TECHWR-L digest <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <melmis36 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
> > However I have worked with a few other
> technical writers and none of us
> > had the same degree, which got me thinking it
> would be interesting to
> > learn about the educational backgrounds of
> the posters on this list.

> Subject: Single Sourcing using Word, RoboHelp,
> and PPT?
> From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
> Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2005 18:19:46 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 52
> Ashaki Hamlett wondered: <<Current situation:
> The Training department
> creates classroom materials, online tutorials,
> and presentations. The
> classroom materials and online tutorials are
> identical in content, but
> published in different mediums (Word and
> RoboHelp respectively). Some
> of the content found in the classroom material
> and online tutorial is
> also found in the presentation. Three different
> people create the three
> above-mentioned documents. For obvious reasons,
> this solution isn't the
> best. Therefore, I proposed we try another
> solution.>>

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