Re: FW- Oh yes it is appropr

Subject: Re: FW- Oh yes it is appropr
From: Tony Rocco <tony_rocco -at- NAVIS -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 1996 17:21:16 U

RE>FW: Oh yes it is appropriate 8/19/96

I am sorry I set off a firestorm of disagreement over this issue. If I had it
to do over again, I would have posted the info about the MacWay EvangeList in
much abbreviated form and left it at that. I think most people who found it
inappropriate would have tolerated it without much objection. I still think
it was relevant since Macs are a common tech writer tool in many places, and
this popular tool may (or may not) be in danger of extinction. And, of
course, I am a Mac Fanatic, so I can't be held to normal standards of
personal conduct ;-}.

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Date: 8/19/96 15:35
To: Tony Rocco
From: Glanbrok, Slayer of Bluntskull
Joanna Sheldon wrote about the Macintosh Fanatics Newsgroup:


Eric, you're out of your mind and being way too anal about your list
as
always--this discussion IS all about technical communication.

The tools we use help us think (or, in the case of Word, prevent us
from
thinking). We should be discussing them. I've gained a lot just
from the
short bit that's happened in the last few days. I don't want to have
to
wade through weeks of details on individual OSs and applications --

Tony, it's not true, don't believe him.

Anybody who wants to talk about language/writing and associated
topics,
mostly translation, should join Lantra -- write me for instructions
if
you're interested.


I'd like to cast my vote with Eric on this topic. In my view (sorry, no
Netcronym for that expression yet), hardware is what it is. There are no
tricks to learn, no files to convert from one format to another, no
portability issues. People who have grown used to Macs are undoubtedly more
heated in their, ah, loyalty, shall we say, to that brand of box. I, for one,
have used Macs a few times (about 10% of my career, as it were), and I agree
-- they're better for those of us who do DTP and graphics. But what can you
Mac Fanatics tell us Windows or Unix slaves about tech writing that we can
use?

Of course, being mostly disinterested in this topic, I find it easy to skip
the entire thread. Unless, that is, someone like Joanna Sheldon CHANGES THE
SUBJECT LINE, which is poor etiquette if you ask me. See, Joanna, the SUBJECT
LINE is the reason we don't need a V-chip on newsgroups. If each contributor
retains the subject from the message to which he or she is responding, the
other participants can identify the thread WITHOUT OPENING THE MESSAGE! This
is a great virtue, IMO, considering that some days there are upwards of 50
messages on Techwrlrs.

Glanbrok
conehead -at- overthe -dot- net

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