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The responses to my request for information about texts for a document
design course are slowing to a trickle. There may be a few others yet to
come, but I would like to summarize them now, for people in a similar
pickle to mine, and for any unpickled but still interested readers.
I would first like to thank, very gratefully, the people who have
responded, online and off: Bob Morrisette, Charles Fisher, Laurie Melson,
Paul Trummel, Dickie Selfe, Lori Lathrop, Kathy Viaropulos, Brad
Mehlenbacher, John Sanders, Tamye Lyles, Bill Coggin, David Farkas, Tom
Warren, Kathleen Nosbisch, Murrie Burgan, and Jim Porter. Many of these
people went several extra paces and sent prospecti, or suggested
excersizes, or offered general advice. Believe me, it was needed, and very
much appreciated. I'd also like to thank the listowner, Eric Ray, for
starting and running this vibrant list. Having this community to draw on
has made my life much easier, and consequently improved the lot of my
A few people chided me for trying to draw, for free, on professional
expertise I should be paying for. I wish, in fact, that I could pay for
this information; it's certainly valuable. But my institution, like
everyone else's, is getting the financial squeeze. We have all just
swallowed BIG cutbacks. Rather than money, and in addition to gratitude, I
can offer the assurance that my students will be much better off than if
they had only me to depend on. It will be the best course I can make it,
but without your help that would certainly have been less good.
Contributions like yours are important services to the community. Thanks
The suggested texts (not all references are complete; some may be
Jan V. White. EDITING BY DESIGN. 2nd edition, (R. R. Bowker Co., 1982). (2
William Horton. ILLUSTRATING COMPUTER DOCUMENTATION: The Art of
Presenting Information Graphically on Paper and Online. (Wiley and Sons,
1991). ISBN 0-471-53845-0. (2 VOTES)
John Brockman. WRITING BETTER USER DOCUMENTATION, 2nd Edition. (Wiley,
1990). ISBN 0-471-62260-5 (29.95). (2 VOTES)