RE: Software For Students

Subject: RE: Software For Students
From: "walden miller" <wmiller -at- vidiom -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 09:55:11 -0700

> > Hell, teach them in Notepad. Once they know the markup, a tool is easy
> > to pick up, regardless what it is.
> I definitely agree with this! I taught myself HTML back in '95 by
> looking at other people's Web pages, copying the code into a text editor,
> changing it, and seeing what I came up with.
> Right now we're in the process of converting our documentation from
> Interleaf to XML. Having a good understanding of plain old HTML
> has been a big help to me. I have an advantage over other people in my
> department who don't understand how markup languages work.

yeah and when I started in the early 80's I learned postscript and the Xerox
page mark-up language so I could use the two laser printers my company
bought. There were no GUI tools then. So I wrote a filter to take the
output of SomethingScript (I am unsure of the program, but it was
WordStar-ish) and output Postscript or Xerox. When FrameMaker came out a
few years later, I embraced the tool and only, very occasionally, almost
never wrote postscript apps again.

This is not to say students shouldn't learn HTML/XML/SGML/xxxML. But a
writing program shouldn't be teaching them. Maybe a Comp Sci class should
offer page markup language classes. They are languages after all.


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