Re: State of the Technical Writing Field

Subject: Re: State of the Technical Writing Field
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:46:04 -0500

I was thinking more along the lines of automated publishing, authoring
in a structured environment, using taxonomies to manage stored
information, yadda yadda yadda. Back in the early to mid 90's, when
Help Authoring tools were starting to arrive on the scene and a
significant amount of complex print layout was still being handled
manually, the idea of DITA and other such technologies really was
shared by but a small fraction of people world-wide. In fact, it
wasn't until the unveiling of a specification for XML in the mid-late
90's that people really started thinking about content management
greater than a single-purpose document. SGML had its following but
even that was highly document-centric.

On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 3:38 PM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
> <Raising hand>
>
> Well, at least for me.  Back in the 90's my industries saw software being added
> to the products and technologies we were already working on in a big way, but
> even the most brilliant developers have yet to devise software that can replace
> motors, gears, valves, pressure vessels, etc.
>
> And as far as job contraction goes, I've definitely seen this before and even in
> the best of times have always expected we'd be back here again sooner or later.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Swallow" <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
> How many people back
> in 1995 thoght we'd be where we are today?

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References:
Need some grammar help: From: A.B. Cornwell
Re: Need some grammar help: From: Richard Mateosian
Re: Need some grammar help: From: Bill Swallow
State of the Technical Writing Field: From: Chantel Brathwaite
Re: State of the Technical Writing Field: From: Bill Swallow
Re: State of the Technical Writing Field: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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