RE: Book on Modern Technical Writing

Subject: RE: Book on Modern Technical Writing
From: <mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com>
To: "'Robert Lauriston'" <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, "'TECHWR-L Writing'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:19:35 -0400

Yes, there are those who see the modern and the futuristic as consisting of
ever more complex monolithic systems. And there are those who see the modern
and the futuristic as consisting of small pieces loosely joined.

Both approaches have their victories and the partisans. I've made it plain
with side I am on. I don't entirely dismiss monolithic solutions, though.
They may have a place. In the end the principle should be, not larger nor
more complex than it needs to be, but that still allows for some systems
that genuinely need to be large and complex.

But I think it would be unwise to dismiss either out of hand. If complex
monolithic systems always beat our small pieces loosely joined, we would be
having the conversation on Compuserve.

Mark

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Subject: Re: Book on Modern Technical Writing

I find it funny that people think of Markdown / AsciiDoc / whatever plus
static site generators as modern or futuristic. Hand-code markup and then
compile it? What will they think of next!

Paligo is my idea of what the next generation should look like: SaaS,
browser client, DocBook source, GUI editor, built-in CMS for versioning,
topic reuse, translation, and multiple language support, integrated review
and approval workflow management, integrated tech support so they can work
directly with my docs to fix things, CMS plugin for Oxygen so you can do
things not directly supported by Paligo.
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Re: Book on Modern Technical Writing: From: Chris Despopoulos
RE: Book on Modern Technical Writing: From: mbaker
Re: Book on Modern Technical Writing: From: Robert Lauriston

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