Tools matter

Subject: Tools matter
From: Michael Andrew Uhl <uhl -dot- mike -at- epa -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L, (Tech Writers)" <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 09 Dec 1999 16:10:02 -0500


A job candidate should definitely consider the software a company uses
to produce its documentation, just as one should consider the physical
working environment. Many criteria should be weighed.

On my job, I must use WordPerfect for many of the report and white
papers I write. WordPerfect is perfectly horrible. I'd rather use MS
Word. Fortunately, I have many other tools to use for other documents I
write. These tools include PageMaker, FrameMaker, and Microsoft Word for
Windows, among many others.

I find using WordPerfect so annoying that should I ever apply for a
position in which its use is required, I would strongly consider turning
the position down.

My intent here is not so much to complain about WordPerfect as it is to
emphasize that a job can be made miserable by the misapplication of a
tool, whether it's MS Word, WordPerfect, or some other program.



Michael Andrew Uhl (mailto:uhl -dot- mike -at- epa -dot- gov)
Lockheed Martin - U.S. EPA Scientific Visualization Center
Ph. (office) 919.541.4283; 919.541.3716 (lab)
P.O. Box 14365 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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