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Subject:The great note-taking divide is coming From:Editor in Chief <editorialstandards -at- gmail -dot- com> To:"techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com >> TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:41:43 -0500
Soon, most schools will stop teaching cursive "long-hand" handwriting. In a
few years, junior (cheaper) TWs - and their young managers - will have no
way to decipher your project notes if you use a pen on paper, or a stylus
Your writing, of course, needs to be readable by you, but should be kept
sloppy enough to resist OCR. Imagine being replaced by a less-expensive
junior, but being called back as a consultant to decipher your own notes on
the big project.
Youngsters, just coming up now, as the last wave who will know cursive (yet
still have some living ahead of them) will have a forensic skill unknown to
the following generation(s). They might be able to exploit it. "Can anyone
read these margin squiggles on the old design drawings? The patent lawyers
need to know..."
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