Re: PageMaker? what to do

Subject: Re: PageMaker? what to do
From: Michael Keith Anderson <mka -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 1995 21:30:00 -0600


I convinced my first tech writing employer I could to the work better =
and cleaner because I knew how to layout the pages in addition to =
writing well. It may be good or bad, I don't know, but it's coming down =
to the marriage of writing and design. Employers want it - a lot of tech =
writers deliver it. The tools are too accessible.=20

When I create documents, I always consider how my words will appear on =
the final presentation. Actually, I can't help but think about that =
(sometimes I do it to a fault). However, because I can do it, and I know =
how my words will best appear, it's something I do.

It wasn't too terribly long ago I was cranking out documents on Word =
Star using a CP/M machine wishing there was some way to get better copy =
from my dot matrix printer. Then Fancy Font came along.....

Keith Anderson

mka -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com
mkanderson -at- ualr -dot- edu

From: Kris Olberg[SMTP:KJOlberg -at- AOL -dot- COM]
Sent: Friday, November 03, 1995 10:12 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: PageMaker? what to do

You're right about a good client paying on time, and they do have the =
to say what program you use. My post was short and pointed because I get
irritated when our profession is reduced to page layout, design, and =
publishing. I am a writer, not a desktop publisher. I think it's bad for =
profession to focus so deeply on DTP. Witness the following numbers, =
reflect how many posts I have saved on several TECHWR-L topics:

112 posts on tools and graphics issues
35 posts on copyrights/trademarks
22 posts on Web issues (long v. short, etc.)
17 on word, verb, and pronoun usage
11 on indexing issues
6 on optimal document size

Do these numbers accurately reflect that writers spend too much time =
on DTP issues and not enough on the writing? I think so.

I suppose the issue is that many clients don't have the resources to =
supply a
desktop publishing resource to supplement the process. They could be
educated. We need to continue to educate them. And when a cost/benefit
analysis shows (which will not be the case for all clients) the cost =
rendered by allowing the writer to focusing on the writing, not the DTP, =
writer should be allowed to use software of choice.


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