Re: software for a newbie

Subject: Re: software for a newbie
From: Mitch Berg <mberg -at- IS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 1997 11:21:10 -0600

Ryan Bangerter wrote:
> I suppose, I'm really not a newbie, but a wantabe tech writer. Story is =
> I am a MA student in English, wishing my program offered technical =
> writing as an emphasis. Until then, I try to learn all I can about =
> what's new in the field. I'm wondering what type of software I should =
> learn to really compete in the technical writing job search. What are =
> employers looking for in entry-level technical writers?

In terms of bang for your buck, in descending order:
1) Any standard word processor (Word, WP, Ami/WordPro)
2) Any top-flight Desktop Publisher (FrameMaker, Pagemaker, Ventura)
3) Any Hypertext system (HTML, Frame Hypertext, Acrobat)
4) Any WinHelp authoring tool (Robohelp, HDK, DocToHelp)
5) Any Vector graphics tools (Illustrator, CorelDraw, Freehand)
6) Any Multimedia authoring system (take your pick)

I put them in generic categories because, frankly, if you learn one tool
in the category, you can usually figure out all the others.

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