Re: Word vs. Pagemaker or Framemaker

Subject: Re: Word vs. Pagemaker or Framemaker
From: Roger Mallett <roger -at- CSICAL -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 11:56:27 -0700

Is this a put-on?

You were interviewing for your first technical writing job and they
asked a question like that?

Only a seasoned professional is going to be able to provide a
knowledable, persuasive, thought provoking answer/opinion. This is a
topic that draws blood from the ranks, and has been the subject of many

If your interviewer was serious, I would forget about them and keep
looking -- don't get onboard that ship.

Just the same, do your research for your own personal/professional
interest, and see if you can find an expert at each package who can show
you the ropes (hands-on) (and explain the benefits/defects, etc., as
they know them).

>From: Smithfinn[SMTP:Smithfinn -at- AOL -dot- COM]
>Sent: Thursday, April 16, 1998 11:27 AM
>Subject: Word vs. Pagemaker or Framemaker
>I just came from an interview where I was asked why use Framemaker or
>Pagemaker if you could do the same things in MS Word. This is my first
>interview for my first technical writing job. I searched the archives
>could not find a concise comparison of these applications that I could
>to the interviewer. I did not have a good answer at the time and told
>interviewer I would do some research. I have used Framemaker but not
>and have not attempted to create any long documentation in Word. This
>currently uses Pagemaker and wants to do whether the person they hire
>get by with Word for their software manuals. This person was just
>trying to
>decide what the best tools for the job were. Their last technical
>writer wrote
>everything on a Mac and they are trying to convert all her documents.
>anyone know of a comparison that has already been done regarding these
>programs or does anyone have any comments that I could pass on? Thank
>you. I
>appreciate any help.
>Susan Finn
>mailto: smithfinn -at- aol -dot- com
>Check out topic summaries at

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