Re: Help with a survey

Subject: Re: Help with a survey
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 09:34:27 -0700

On some projects I've had to spend a significant amount of time
copying information from source code or SME comments in Word or PDF
files or a wiki into FrameMaker or whatever. That's one reason why at
my current job I built my tools around a wiki. Of course, if your SMEs
can't write very well, you're reading and writing rather than copying
and pasting.

If you're copying and pasting because your tools don't support reuse,
easyDITA has something to sell you.

On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 6:22 AM, Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> I agree with Robert. If I were to make a list of all the things that I do
> in a given day, "research" would be at the top of the list. I'm a bit
> worried about a tool vendor that doesn't understand what their users are
> doing on a daily basis.
> I wouldn't even think to include "copying/pasting" as one of the things
> that I do every day, because it's so trivial. But it appears the easyDITA
> thinks it's one of the seven most important ways that I spend my time?
> Sounds like they've structured their survey to collect data that will
> support some marketing initiative they're planning (New research shows that
> technical writers spend X percent of their time copying and pasting!).
> On Sun, May 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> wrote:
>> Bad survey. They don't seem to recognize that some tech writers spend
>> most of our time doing research.
>> On Sun, May 15, 2016 at 1:16 PM, INKtopia Admin <admin -at- inktopia -dot- net>
>> wrote:
>> > Hi everyone,
>> >
>> > Can you take a few minutes to take a survey from our partner, easyDITA?
>> >
>> > The survey is designed to research major issues content creators and
>> > managers are faced with on a daily basis. Deadline is early June or 200
>> > respondents, whichever comes first.
>> >
>> > Survey:
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Help with a survey: From: INKtopia Admin
Re: Help with a survey: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: Help with a survey: From: Julie Stickler

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