Re: Job Posting: XXXXX Tool Senior Writer

Subject: Re: Job Posting: XXXXX Tool Senior Writer
From: Tim Altom <taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 16 May 1996 10:43:00 EST

At 10:08 AM 5/16/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Looking for senior level RoboHELP (Release 3.0) writer in the Dallas area.
>Must be highly motivated with Windows applications experience. Experience
>in retirement systems a real plus. Because the client is anxious to fill
>this position, the writer must be able to start producing very quickly.

>Please contact Maurice Thompson with Integrated Documentation, Inc. at
>(214) 241-3537, ext. 12, Fax: (214) 241-6517, or mthomp -at- airmail -dot- net -dot-

I don't mean to pick on Maurice or his posting, but the language opened a
question in my mind.

There has been much discussion here about the validity of seeking out a tool
specialist in preference to a skilled generalist. No consensus has emerged,
it seems to me, but there are a good many people willing to argue for the
generalist (perhaps because they are generalists themselves).

However, I've seen more listings than I can count saying "RoboHelp" writer
needed, when developing help is actually less tool-dependent than DTP is.
I'd like especially to hear from colleagues who actually feel that
experience on a help tool is necessary to do the job. Naturally, some
experience on a help tool is preferable, but how important is YOUR tool to
the performance of the job?

Tim Altom
Vice President, Simply Written, Inc.
317.899.5882 (voice) 317.899.5987 (fax)
FrameMaker support ForeHelp support

Makers of DuoFrame, giving you online help and paper
documentation from a single parent FrameMaker document.

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