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SIGDOC reminiscences

SIGDOC reminiscences Commentary 40 SIGDOC Reminiscences John Brockman Former SIGDOC Chair jbrockma@chopin.udel.edu It ™s sad. I went to go click on some SIGDOC files still on my hard drive to aid me in composing this review, and they wouldn't open. I had no software that would recognize these files and open them again. That's both a sign of how long it's been since I was President as well as the ephemeral nature of so much in the computer industry ”and it's that fleeting nature of facts and importance that caused me to leave as I have. Mind you, I still write about the ideas behind applied writing ”my book, From Millwrights to Shipwrights to the Twenty-first Century, contained chapters on the first computer user manual written in 1949 as well as on the creation of IBM ™s first computer manual in 1954. But I was driven to find truths about writing and the writing process that transcend the latest Web browser characteristics or the syntax of HTML. Thus my most recent book, Exploding Steamboats: The Technology, Politics and Rhetoric Behind the Steamboat Bill of 1838; considers the investigations regarding steamboats blowing up and the reports which tried to change US http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD) Association for Computing Machinery

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Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
1527-6805
DOI
10.1145/504776.504780
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Commentary 40 SIGDOC Reminiscences John Brockman Former SIGDOC Chair jbrockma@chopin.udel.edu It ™s sad. I went to go click on some SIGDOC files still on my hard drive to aid me in composing this review, and they wouldn't open. I had no software that would recognize these files and open them again. That's both a sign of how long it's been since I was President as well as the ephemeral nature of so much in the computer industry ”and it's that fleeting nature of facts and importance that caused me to leave as I have. Mind you, I still write about the ideas behind applied writing ”my book, From Millwrights to Shipwrights to the Twenty-first Century, contained chapters on the first computer user manual written in 1949 as well as on the creation of IBM ™s first computer manual in 1954. But I was driven to find truths about writing and the writing process that transcend the latest Web browser characteristics or the syntax of HTML. Thus my most recent book, Exploding Steamboats: The Technology, Politics and Rhetoric Behind the Steamboat Bill of 1838; considers the investigations regarding steamboats blowing up and the reports which tried to change US

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ACM Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD)Association for Computing Machinery

Published: May 1, 2001

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