RE: Wordless at O*NET

Subject: RE: Wordless at O*NET
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <dgoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 12:28:24 -0500

Dan Goldstein wrote:> 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.

It's also possible that the DOL assumed that "everybody knows Word",
since MS Office is so ubiquitous. All of the tools they explicitly mentioned
are fairly specialized tools that are typically have only a tiny fraction of
the user base that Word does.

-Fred Ridder


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