Re: WritersUA Tools Survey

Subject: Re: WritersUA Tools Survey
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 08:33:17 -0800

They gave notes at the bottom:

"We left Microsoft Word off the survey because it is so ubiquitous in
the IT industry. In past surveys over 90% of respondents indicated
using it."

"We didn't include Adobe FrameMaker in this survey but should have. In
past surveys approximately two-thirds of respondents indicated using

I think they should have included javadoc, Doxygen, and Doc++. Seems
likely to me that they're considerably more popular than Document!X.

On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 6:34 AM, Mike Sawyer <mike -at- sawyerhome -dot- net> wrote:
> I don't know about the rest of you, but it's hard to take seriously a survey
> that leaves off the two of THE most commonly used tools in tech writing,
> even if ubiquitous--ESPECIALLY if ubiquitous. If this list is intended to be
> used to influence purchasing decisions, and if you happen to have a boss
> that won't consider something unless it's a happy number on a clear list,
> the list just doesn't make the cut. I can't go to my boss with this and
> explain why we need to stay with FrameMaker. It's my informed opinion
> against his uninformed one, and it's sad to say which will hold sway...
> If you provide the survey list sorted only alphabetically, at least provide
> the data in a simple format for download so we can do the sort ourselves.
> (I'm currently cleaning it up in Excel)

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