moving into xml-based writing

Subject: moving into xml-based writing
From: "Becky Edmondson" <beckyed -at- rcn -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 14:30:37 -0400

Anyone have any experience or useful thoughts about how to add XML skills to
your portfolio when you are a contractor? Being of a geeky mindset, I'm
pretty sure I'd enjoy XML, but I haven't a clue where to start. What should
you learn, and in what order? How geeky do you need to be--must you be able
to write XSL transforms, for instance? Do you need to take formal classes,
or can you learn enough by just hacking up some XML-based docs on your own?

I dunno, maybe this won't really bring in any real money. About 75% of my
clients still want deliverables as Word docs. I hate Word, but being able to
wrangle it is practically a lifetime employment guarantee.


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