Re: JavaScript

Subject: Re: JavaScript
From: Tammy Hale <tammyh -at- FGM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 08:43:15 -0500

I believe it is worthwhile to learn JavaScript, a
scripting language whose logic is usually embedded
in the HTML file. Right now, web development and
technical writing frequently go hand in hand,
so in my mind it's part of keeping up with
the current trends in our profession. It certainly
cannot hurt to *understand* JavaScript if you are
working with internet technology.

However, I believe that web development will not
be in the hands of writers and engineers for very long.
As web authoring tools with graphical user interfaces (GUIs)
replace tagging tools, the ability to create websites will
be widespread and not a specialized craft. Therefore,
I don't think that learning JavaScript will be useful
in the *long term* to technical writers. (But then, you
could argue that learning most any technology is
worthless because it will eventually be replaced.)


Tammy J. Hale
FGM Inc.* 131 Elden St., Ste. 204 * Herndon, VA 20170
Voice 703.478.9881 * Fax 703.478.9883 * tammyh -at- fgm -dot- com

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