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Subject:Make It Pretty From:Debbie Molinaro <MOLINARO_DEBBIE -at- NY -dot- MRC -dot- SONY -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 16 Nov 1994 07:31:00 -0500
There's a fellow in my chain of command who refers to our work
(Technical Publications Department) as "making it pretty."
As you might guess, I find this statement offensive, but through the grace
of God, managed to hold my tongue when I heard it.
I don't know how things are for the rest of you, but we write user
documentation for both hardware and software, we operate on tight deadlines,
the raw material from engineering is *very* raw (as well as incomplete and
often incoherent).In any given day we could be turning wrenches, "playing"
on the system software, chasing down plumbing specs, or making it pretty.
We use FrameMaker on both Unix and MS Windows. In other words, we are no
I need some perspective here from fellow professionals. I'd also like a
clever one-liner to quip back.