RE: [RMX:NL] Re: Leading and Bleeding Edge?

Subject: RE: [RMX:NL] Re: Leading and Bleeding Edge?
From: Slager Timothy J <Timothy -dot- Slager -at- dematic -dot- com>
To: Lonie McMichael <loniemc -at- gmail -dot- com>, Susan Post <simariepost -at- comcast -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 16:14:53 +0000

Susan wrote:
>> And, unbelievably, some still use Word for their large doc projects.

We still use Word for our doc projects, large and small, but are thinking of moving to DITA. DITA is a trend your students should be aware of.

But chances are good some will land a job where they use Word. So please give them some indication of what Word is capable of. They should be introduced to styles, template design, and automations. One vendor for a CCMS said Word is only good for writing letters; his ignorance did not endear me to the product he was peddling. There are tech writers who believe the same thing. Don't let your students be among them. They can quickly become invaluable to a company if they can master, and help the company master, Word.

Word is not cutting edge. But mastery of it can give your students a reputation for being so--at least among some managers.

tims

>> On Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 11:42 AM, Lonie McMichael <loniemc -at- gmail -dot- com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello, Folks:
>>>
>>> I searched the archives and have not found any recent conversations
>>> on
>> this
>>> topic. If it has already been discussed, I would appreciate being
>>> pointed towards the thread.
>>>
>>> I am teaching Tools for Technical Writers this semester. My students
>>> will be writing reports on leading and bleeding edge technologies
>>> technical writers used to CREATE publications and documentation.
>>> Unfortunately, I only have the old standards (Adobe, Microsoft, etc.) to use in class.
>>> However, I can make them aware of what they might be facing when
>>> they
>> leave
>>> school. Also, I do teach them what I call "technological adaptability":
>> how
>>> to learn new technologies and software packages quickly.
>>>
>>> Since this list is the best place I know for such information, right
>>> now
>> --
>>> Jan 2016, in your company and your area, what software are you using
>>> to create your documentation? Are you exploring any new publication
>>> software or technologies? Do you see some significant changes coming
>>> in the relatively near future?
>>>
>>> Thanks for any input!
>>>
>>> --Lonie McMichael
>>> Senior Instructor
>>> UCCS
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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References:
Leading and Bleeding Edge?: From: Lonie McMichael
Re: Leading and Bleeding Edge?: From: Chris Morton
Re: Leading and Bleeding Edge?: From: Tom Johnson
Re: Leading and Bleeding Edge?: From: Susan Post

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