Re: Technical Writer Education

Subject: Re: Technical Writer Education
From: Dan Xiong Ding <dxding -at- RS6000 -dot- CMP -dot- ILSTU -dot- EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 15:10:12 -0500

Well, I think computer is becoming an increasingly popular tool (writing
instrument) for technical (professional, business, etc.) writers. The kind
of anmotions and feelings that computers are creating now are similar to
those that were produced by *pen* centuries ago when pen was starting to
replace slates. Thus, it will be wise for us to learn to use one word
processing software, and better still, HTML or PageMill.

At 12:38 PM 5/15/98 -0700, you wrote:
>George Mena wrote:
>> At the bare minimum, all tech writers should have knowledge of Microsoft
>> Word, and many do.
>> After that, it can get a little murky because technical writing is a
>> rather diverse occupation that supports a great many industries, both
>> high-tech and rest-of-world. For the Unix-based programs, ask one of
>> the folks here from Sun Microsystems.
>Well, for one thing, we don't require anyone to know Microsoft
>Word :->
>Usual technical writer applications on UNIX include FrameMaker,
>FrameMaker+SGML, Interleaf, or Adept*Editor. To my knowledge,
>there *are* no really good graphics programs. We use something
>called IslandDraw, or the graphics part of the Applix office
>-- Janice
>Janice Gelb | The only connection Sun has with this
>janice -dot- gelb -at- eng -dot- sun -dot- com | message is the return address.
Dan Ding
Department of English
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4240
Normal, IL 61790-4240
dxding -at- rs6000 -dot- cmp -dot- ilstu -dot- edu
Tel: (309) 438-3726
"The passive voice is not passive at all."

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