RE: Programmer/Writers

Subject: RE: Programmer/Writers
From: "Ed" <hamonwry12 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "'Gene Kim-Eng'" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:31:06 -0500

I'll agree it's coming, Gene, but when? Adobe took PostScript and made it
into usable design tool within a few years when PageMaker came out. Whenever
I fire up a demo version of DreamWeaver, I close it pretty quickly, because
it's far easier for me to write clean HTML and CSS in a text editor, and
because whatever custom ASP code I came up with over the years always breaks
the way DW interprets the page.

In the meantime, what do we do? Design shouldn't be created by If-Then
statements. I touched on this a bit recently with my FrameMaker 9 review:
http://edmarsh.com/?p=107
-=Ed.

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> I can't program beyond simple scripts either, which puts me
> at a great disadvantage in doing hands-on documenting of SW
> compared to another writer who can. It's why my resume has
> virtually no SW documenting on it, except for cases where the
> SW was incidental to a larger HW-SW system and I did the
> writing because there was no budget to bring in someone who
> could do it without having to constantly pester the SW
> developers with trivial questions that an entry-level
> programmer wouldn't have had to ask.
>
> WRT XSL and "design created in code," all electronically-
> produced documents are "created in code," but the
> "traditional" design tools hide their code under more
> user-friendly UIs. This will come eventually.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng

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