Re: Dress Code & ITCC

Subject: Re: Dress Code & ITCC
From: Pam Tatge <pamt -at- STEINBECK -dot- SC -dot- TI -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1993 10:21:33 CDT

Regarding dress code, etc.: When any of us show up at work wearing a suit, our
coworkers assume we have a job interview at lunch. We have a lot of freedom as
far as what we can wear; shorts can be worn on weekends only. Most of the
engineers wear jeans with T-shirts or polo shirts. In general, when the tech
writers dress like the engineers, we tend to get a bit more respect; when we
dress up, the engineers associate us with the marketeers, who they respect
even less than tech writers. :) As for the other aspects, we can have photos,
posters, plants, and the like; we can listen to radios, CD players, etc. as
long as we use headphones; and no, we don't punch a time clock (although our
contract writers must keep time cards). It isn't paradise, but as far as the
working conditions go, it's comfortable. (No, Paula, you're not naive; your
situation is definitely far less than ideal. And, the systems advice that
you've been receiving is good.)

Regarding ITCC: I liked about half of the sessions that I attended. The others
either didn't match their descriptions or were presented by people with poor
presentation skills. (Or maybe I need to attend a session that teaches me how
to read the descriptions of the sessions!) I agree that the best part of the
conference is not necessarily the sessions but meeting with other communi-
cators. One thing that disappointed me was that I heard several presenters
misrepresent features of some publishing tools. For example, I heard
FrameBuilder described as a good SGML tool. All in all, though, the conference
was definitely worthwhile.

Pam Tatge
Member, Group Technical Staff
Texas Instruments Semiconductor Group, Houston
pamt -at- steinbeck -dot- sc -dot- ti -dot- com

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