Re: Current trends in Authoring Tools?
As far as the product research and writing aspect of my work
is concerned, I have NEVER been as productive with ANY
authoring tool as I was during the days when I hand-wrote my document manuscripts with a #2 pencil and then sent the sheets over to a team of production specialists.
Because of single-sourcing and content management systems, we may end up going back to those days. What worries me is that the templates for the output may not be designed by people who have effective technical communication on their minds.
I find it ironic that when I first got into
the biz, writers used coding to indicate to
the typesetter where to change fonts and so on.
Then the WYSIWYG tools came out and everyone
said "Look, we can control the appearance ourselves
and see our changes right away! Coding is clunky
and old-fashioned!" Then 15 years later, everyone
acted like it was a revolutionary trend: "Look! We
can use coding and have non-proprietary document
-- Janice, Who Works in a Company Where MS Word
Janice Gelb | The only connection Sun has with
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