Re[2]: what tools to learn? (fwd)

Subject: Re[2]: what tools to learn? (fwd)
From: Sherri Hall <shall -at- HILCO -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 1995 14:12:32 CST

Regarding tools vs. writing experience, it doesn't always matter what
we, as technical writers, think is most important. Many times it matters
what the person hiring thinks--which is often a technical person who
doesn't have a clue about writing issues but does know about software
tools. Again, you have to look at the ads to see what a company's looking
for. Don't like it. Yes, it makes my blood boil to think software knowledge
is more important than my writing expertise to some would-be employers,
but that's reality. Life isn't fair.

> glen accardo glen -at- softint -dot- com wrote, regarding tools:

> > Show me you can write a manual or a help file -- show me that you know
> > the differences in the writing -- and I'll make sure you learn
> > whatever tools I happen to use.

> and joyce furthers:

> Glen knows of what he writes. "Listen" to him.

> You may know more than I know about every popular package
> on the market. BUT, if you can't put together a grammatically
> correct sentence, if you can't communicate in your native
> tongue, if you can't organize a manual, then get out of my
> office. All your tool expertise is worthless to me. You're
> just another word-processor, page-formatter person.
Sherri Hall (shall -at- hilco -dot- com)

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