Technical Communication student soliciting your help

Subject: Technical Communication student soliciting your help
From: Alethea Otero <aotero -at- NMT -dot- EDU>
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 14:02:46 -0700

Greetings TECHWR-L,

As an undergraduate at New Mexico Tech, I am in the process of writing
my Senior Thesis about single-sourcing. After reading through several
scholarly references (JTBC, TCQ, STC journals and proceedings), I feel
that I've gotten only a taste of what professionals in industry really
feel about this subject. Although the TECHWR-L archives contain
applicable discussions, I would like more insight pertaining directly to
the questions I am addressing. Since TECHWR-L has a wealth of
knowledge, I am soliciting your help.

Would you like to help? Below are the questions which I am
considering. If you would like to provide some professional insight, I
would really appreciate and consider including your experience in my
thesis. To save bandwidth, please respond offline.

Thank you in advance.


Alethea Otero
aotero -at- nmt -dot- edu
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1. What is single-sourcing (ss)?
-How do you define it?

2. How do technical communicators (tc) prepare their documents for ss?
-Please discuss application, platform, and media issues.

3. How does ss affect document design?
-What do you have to consider now?
* audience analysis
* chunking
* scrolling
* tags for effectivity control
* font size
* graphics (size and quality)
* anything else

4. How does ss affect tcs? job descriptions?
-Do we need more education?
-Do we need programming experience?
-Are we going to earn better pay with more experience?
-Can we consider ourselves "english engineers with a technical twist?

5. Is ss just a phase?

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