Re: Slapping

Subject: Re: Slapping
From: Tim Altom <taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 1996 08:59:00 EST

At 03:14 PM 9/19/96 +-200, you wrote:
>From: Tim Altom[SMTP:taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET]

>> We know in advance that we'll have to top
>>last year's achievement, and indeed we make it a habit to predesign so that
>>we can implement tomorrow's neat stuff.
>>So how have y'all approached this, if you have at all? Is today's techdoc
>>department way too burdened to even predesign?

>Why should we bother to predesign when we know that Microsoft is going to
change the standard by next year? Seriously, I am burdened enough trying
just to keep up with the HTML, SGML, RTF debate. Software documentation
changes so fast that just keeping up with the tools is insane. This year I
am being asked to convert everything into WinHelp and Acrobat. I am sure the
industry will come up with something new next year. For me it's just another

Keeping up with Bill may seem like more of a challenge than it really is.
Both WinHelp and Acrobat have been around for some years now, long enough to
be shaken out thoroughly and be easy to recommend for certain client needs.
And their paradigms are even older. While none of us actually prescient, we
believe that we need to try our best to anticipate future needs. From our
standpoint, we owe it to our clients to keep up and predesign as best we can.

Tim Altom
Vice President, Simply Written, Inc.
317.899.5882 (voice) 317.899.5987 (fax)
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