Re: Perspective on Technology

Subject: Re: Perspective on Technology
From: Robert Heath <robert -dot- heath -at- FRITZ -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 15:31:15 -0700


My original post invited comment about the comparison of two different
terms, a discussion which I think highly relevant to tech writing. The fact
that what prompted me to bring the subject up was an article in a leftie
magazine that itself does not like Microsoft does not detract from the
issue, namely which term is preferred by most of the list members.

One person did joke about Microsoft's capacity for building help systems and
two others joked about what apples are called in the Microsoft cafeteria.
One person called the company "Microsquat" while another suggested the
company had ulterior motives in its choice of terms. So? The discussion did
not veer anywhere close to a general condemnation of all things
Microsoftian. Most repondents thoughtfully compared the relative merits of
the terms and discussed the merits of the Sun style manual over Microsoft's.
How you could have interpreted the thread as just another round of Microsoft
bashing is beyond me.

Robert Heath
Technical Writer
Fritz Companies, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

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