Re: Producing Books

Subject: Re: Producing Books
From: Gina Hertel <Ghertel -at- ALPHA88 -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 15:25:45 -0500

Stephen--
Thanks for getting things back on track and for your feedback in
response to my RFI.
Gina

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stephen D. Martin [SMTP:smartin -at- STORM -dot- CA]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 1998 1:50 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: Producing Books
>
> Walker, Arlen P wrote:
>
> > > Remember: it is a poor worker who blames the tools.
> > Even though (s)he may be entirely correct to do so?
>
> > It's not correct. It's true the choice of the tool can make the job
> > easier (or more difficult). But there always remain ways to do a
> > quality job with even the most mediocre (or worse) tools. The best
>
> Funnily enough I don't recall quality of the work ever having come
> into
> question.
>
> Gina asked whether PageMaker or FrameMaker might be a "must have".
> Christopher responded to the effect that Word was just spiffy keen,
> and
> all those people whining about it were just trying to blame Word for
> thier own shortcomings.
>
> Whether or not a quality job is possible with Word, or PageMaker, or
> FrameMaker is moot, we can take it for granted that with enough time
> and
> effort it is possible. The more important question is: If you can do
> the job in five hours using FrameMaker, or in five - ten hours using
> Word, which would you choose?
>
>
> Given my experience on the last four jobs I did (two major manuals,
> one
> chapter updating that turned into a creatign a whole new manual, and a
> minor manual editing job), I could have gotten the same work done with
> a
> lot less headaches and in a lot less time by using something other
> than
> Word (or less buggy versions).
>
> Personally, if you want to use Microsloth products, I'd stick with
> Office95 for now, and possibly jump straight to Office 98. There are
> a
> host of other packages out there and for anybody to reject perfectly
> valid complaints about any particular package is inexcusable.
>
> --
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>
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