Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 55, Issue 3

Subject: Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 55, Issue 3
From: Michael West <WestM -at- ap -dot- aurecongroup -dot- com>
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Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 16:50:58 +1000

Dan Goldstein wrote:

>> See the article at
>> <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/world/27powerpoint.html>

>> But having said that: The offending diagram in the
>> first article isn't actually an indictment of PowerPoint.


Exactly. It is a silly, confused article. The reporter had little
knowledge of the subject matter, and appeared not to know a system
dynamics diagram from a set of bullet points.

And while I am a great admirer of Professor Tufte's other work, I think he
gets it wrong on Powerpoint too.

PowerPoint is a bloody graphics program, fer pete's sake. A set of bullet
points is not a fully developed analysis or strategy or thesis. At best,
it's a convenient outline or summary for people who know the difference.
It doesn't make people dumb. They have to start out that way.

Nor is is a program for professional-quality technical graphics. It's
slideshows for the masses, a few notches up from those blotchy, illegible
b&w transparencies that my college professors used to throw at us.

I reckon anyone who thinks the problem is the tool rather than the user is
off the mark.

A newspaper article can be just as "dumb" as a slide show, but we read the
papers anyway.

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Today's Topics:

1. Doxygen-to-rtf formatting (Sally Derrick)
2. PowerPoint in the military (Dan Goldstein)
3. OnlineStylebooks.com (Dan Goldstein)


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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 08:41:25 -0500
From: Sally Derrick <sjd1201 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Subject: Doxygen-to-rtf formatting
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If anyone out there has experience with the RTF style sheet generated from
Doxygen and would be willing to provide some off-list assistance. I would
be
very grateful. My deadline doesn't leave much time for trial and error.

Thank you
Sally


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Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 11:46:20 -0400
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
Subject: PowerPoint in the military
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See the article at
<http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/world/27powerpoint.html>
and its associated sources at
<http://www.afji.com/2009/07/4061641>
and
<http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2009/07/print/draft-draft-draftpowerpo
int-1/>

Maybe in some happy future, the U.S. military will lead the corporate
world to reduce its dependence on PowerPoint.

But having said that: The offending diagram in the first article isn't
actually an indictment of PowerPoint.



































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Message: 3
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 13:35:49 -0400
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
Subject: OnlineStylebooks.com
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Thanks to Ruth E. Thaler-Carter of the PublishingDC e-mail list, who
posted a link to this new treasure:

http://onlinestylebooks.com/

Or in the famous words of David Patterson: "The wonderful thing about
standards is that there are so many from which you can choose."














































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