Re: Baseline Skillset for Technical Writers?

Subject: Re: Baseline Skillset for Technical Writers?
From: Tracy Boyington <tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 13:11:12 -0600

Sharon Burton-Hardin wrote:

> The ability to take their computer apart to the boards and put the parts
> back together again. Seriously. I am working on an article right now about
> the fact that for the several years (4?) I have been teaching Frame and
> RoboHELP, 20% of my students cannot create a directory and copy the contents
> of a floppy to the directory.

I don't see the connection. Is taking a computer apart and putting it back
together really necessary? I don't think so. I've never done it, but that
doesn't affect my ability to pick up and learn any software I want/need to
learn. That's like saying I couldn't drive a taxi for a living because I can't
take an engine apart and put it back together. Or am I missing the joke?

I agree that basic computer skills are extremely important. I know someone who
made it through her first year of a graduate program in tech writing without
ever touching a computer (and would have gone all the way through if she hadn't
accepted a job where they taught her to use a computer). Scary, isn't it?

Tracy Boyington mailto:tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org
Oklahoma Department of Vocational & Technical Education
Stillwater, Oklahoma

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