Wordless at O*NET

Subject: Wordless at O*NET
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 12:04:41 -0500

The Department of Labor has a site called O*NET, which publishes
information on job duties, skills, training, and so on for public
employment service offices. Naturally, they have a page on technical
writers, which includes a section on "Technology used in this
occupation." They list some desktop publishing products -- hmmm, let's
see, they've got FrameMaker, InDesign, Corel Ventura, Arbortext...
What's missing from this picture? I mean, besides OpenOffice?

I won't quibble over whether Word is for desktop publishing or "only"
for word processing. The point is, they listed 20 different software
products, and somehow they left out one of the most common software
products used by technical writers.

My guess: The DOL'er who wrote that page is forced to work in Word, and
this is his/her revenge.

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