Re: Authorship

Subject: Re: Authorship
From: "David Blyth @second" <dsb -at- ALSYS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 1995 10:02:07 PST

>>Do I think that your expections are realistic? I do not.

Lori Moreland asks...

>Why not? In the best interviews I've had, I've been questioned about
>everything from the software I used to create the graphics to the
>binding choice.

The original question involved whether or not I am the author of a
document. I do not need to know everything Glen desires (say, for
example, what kind of binders were used) in order to have _written_ the
document. I may not even know that much about the software program
used to create the graphics- just barely enough to draw simple diagrams.

Or to put it more simply, I believe that Glen's requirements are far
too broad. You're the author of a document once you've written the
document - even if you used inkwells and parchment.

>...I had been given the opportunity to explain my technical and publishing
>expertise, as well as describing any obstacles I had to overcome.

Whether or not I have the technical expertise to get a job is a
separate issue from authorship.

David (The Man) Blyth (dsb -at- thomsoft -dot- com)
Technical Writer
Thomson Software Products

My opinions are not necessarily those of my employer (but they should be).

Blodo Poa Maximus

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