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> From: Bill Sullivan[SMTP:bsullivan -at- SMTPLINK -dot- DELTECPOWER -dot- COM]
> Reply To: Bill Sullivan
> Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 1997 1:45 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Skills Needed For Web Design -Reply
> >>I want to learn more about the nitty gritty stuff -- Java, CGI
> sripting, etc. Where do I begin? Can I learn this from a book or do I
> need to take a class? Can I jump right into or do I have to go back to
> programming 101 (maybe take a class in C, then another in C++, and
> THEN a class in Java...).
> I don't know that this is what you were looking for, but Karen A.
> Schriver in "Dynamics in Document Design" by Karen A. Schriver
> (Wiley) has some words that deserve to be considered by any technical
> writer who takes up Web page work.
> On page 390, Schriver describes in considerable detail a usability
> study of a particular web site. On pp. 406-407, she concludes her
> description with the following comment:
> "At the risk of repeating myself, too much time in document design
> circles is being spent arguing over the details of HTML code, GIFs,
> JPEGs, frames, browsers, and so on. Although anyone designing on the
> Web must know these things, they are not the most important thing for
> document design professionals to worry about. It's the interplay of
> prose and graphics that ought to concern us."
> I don't know if this applies to you personally, but I think Shriver's
> words should constitute a rather useful thought for anybody so caught
> up in Web work that he or she forgets the importance of presenting the
> story properly.
> Bill Sullivan
> bsullivan -at- deltecpower -dot- com
> San Diego, California
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