Re: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7

Subject: Re: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 8 May 2012 11:04:53 -0700

I may just be lucky, but I've encountered very few engineers or developers
who thought they could use Word or any other document authoring tool as
well as a technical writer AND liked to do it. I've definitely never met
one any actually WANTED to do the technical writer's job on top of their
own. But I've met enough of them who could do it if they had to that I
know better than to complain about my tools when I talk to them.

And as far as the "SPACESPACE instead of styles" method of document
formatting goes, I'd rather have engineers and developers use that method
in the content they generate for me than attempt to apply styles. In fact,
I'd be happy if everyone who ever wanted to send me anythint to insert into
a document just sent me a plain text file.

Gene Kim-Eng



On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 9:56 AM, William Sherman
<bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>wrote:

> It may be unfair to blame Word, but it isn't unfair to blame Microsoft.
> Microsoft has marketed Word as a tool EVERYONE can use and designs it so
> that in 5 minutes, even people with very little computer skills can produce
> a page that looks somewhat professional. It is similar to how the '80s with
> Macintosh and MacWrite did.
>
> As such, almost every engineer and programmer think they are capable of
> using Word as well as us, and their managers back them.

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Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7: From: William Sherman
Re: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7: From: William Sherman
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RE: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7: From: Ben Davies
Re: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7: From: Phil Snow Leopard
Re: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7: From: William Sherman

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