[ba-ohs-talk] Turning Over Controls Requires Mentoring a Replacement
The 10 steps you are struggling with can likely be handled with purple
numbers, dialog mapping, Wiki, and other advances that the OHS/DKR
team is rounding into shape. (02)
Applying this to your publishing task likely requires some
orientation, which is difficult to accomplish at arms length, as you
know from your years as an educator. As a result the 10 or so steps
you outline may continue to be the most direct path for getting your
work done for the period ahead, because when the OHS/DKR becomes
operable, there will be learning curve that makes transition a
Turning over the controls of your publishing work will equally require
some mentoring on your part of a replacement. The problem everyone
seems to have is that getting things done day-to-day does not leave
time for helping you transition to the more powerful tools everybody
is describing on the OHS/DKR, and neither do you have time to find a
young person willing and able to be mentioned, nor to perform the
Now, if there was a way to capture daily work experience that
accumulates case studies for the various tasks involved in your work,
that might ease the burden of transitioning someone into your role and
eventually permit turning over the controls, as you note in your
letter below. Case studies, however, is another name for archives
that are anathema to many because organizational memory requires, yes,
you guessed it, "organization," for assembling relevant stuff. You
noted on 000926 that people are afraid that organizing the record
takes too much diligence. So, we are stuck exercising a lot more
diligence because there is not enough time to learn how to use less.
It's a KM dilemma that may deserve a word or two in your excellent
journal, when time permits. (05)
Henry K van Eyken wrote:
> A USER'S POINT OF VIEW
> Let me just outline the steps I go through in updating Fleabyte's front page.
> I am aware the cognicenti probably are quite scornful of what's going on here,
> but it is a real-life situation. Please, bear in mind thatmy primary job is to
> deliver content, not to get lost in the arcana of W3C. Having said this, I am
> conscious of the fact that as a companion to Doug's Bootstrap site it behooves
> me to partake of "our own dogfood." The spirit is willing ...
> Here are the steps:
> 1. Open a page in TextPad (running w. Win98).
> 2. Scan the web for potentially newsworthy material using Netscape 4.7.
> 3. Copy and paste URL and text from browser to TextPad.
> 4. [some editorial considerations about handling and timing of materials. Must
> consider available personal time and attention span.]
> 5. Write shorts (extracts, quotations, recasts), possibly in contextwith
> existing materials on the site.
> 6. Call up last Fleabyte home page with Netscape Composer and add the shorts
> produced sub 5.
> 7. Netscape is associated with TextPad so this gives me a chance to do certain
> manual touch-ups (URLs, article IDs, those sort of thuings), but as much as
> possible I use Composer's WYSIWYG. In other words, markup is the outcome of
> two approaches.
> 8. New articles are copied to two archive pages (right now eic-7.html and
> eic-7-.html) and given Engelbartian location numbers.
> 9. Contents page is updated.
> 10. Stuff is FTP'd to website using Ipswitch.
> As I am trying to move my who shooting match from Windows to Linux, I am
> anxious to have a corresponding procedure for my Linux side, but,
> unfortunately, ran into nasty problems such as getting wrong characters - ?
> instead of " etc. - copying inconsistencies. I assume these problems can be
> solved, but a lot of time input may not produce results. I did take a stab at
> switching to Netscape 6, which on the surface looks more promising and seems
> to be "self-correcting." Tidy became a bit of a headache, but I forgot why
> that is so. And I still don't have an editor like TextPad in which I can
> combine lines and remove margins from blocks of text each with a single
> stroke. Frankly, I have no time comparing available editors.
> Being concentrated on content, some of the technical arcana give me a
> headache; much of it I don't understand right away - and as soon as I do I
> begin forgetting already. Just as soon have someone interested in seeing
> Bootstrap volunteers succeed creating a fresh "recipe" for me to follow. That
> recipe should also include move to XML and application of purple-number
> Wish that Doug's ideas had already taken hold such as the one where you pass
> over the controls to somebody else who can then show you.
> Some people have given me some wellmeaning advice in the past, but I just
> can't cope trying to understand it all.
> Hope that this user's perspective may serve a useful purpose.
> Murray Altheim wrote:
> > Eugene Eric Kim wrote:
> > > A fella in Finland decided to check the homepages of the W3C's 506 member
> > > organizations for valid HTML or XHTML. Only 18 sites validated.
> > >
> > > http://homepage.mac.com/marko/20020222.html
> > The big problem in web design is that almost nobody hand edits their
> > markup or even pays attention to it, and the GUI WYSIWYTYG (what you
> > see is what you think you get) editors in general produce some really
> > I challenge anyone to export "HTML" from MS Word and look at what it
> > creates. Amazing.
> > But I don't see that there's much to be done about this, given that
> > the emphasis from the W3C has never been much along the lines of
> > valid markup. It sometimes seems that they've done everything they
> > could to kill the use of the DTD, such that as a DTD and validation
> > advocate I often felt I was swimming upstream. While Tidy was initially
> > produced by Dave Raggett of the W3C, it itself doesn't produce valid
> > markup in many cases -- I've had to edit its output as well.
> > My guess is that those 18 sites may be managed by a validation zealot
> > like me, or had some type of company policy dictated by one. In the
> > end all one can do is produce better tools, or agitate for them, such
> > as this guy in Finland.
> > With the existence of XHTML and XML tools, it's actually pretty easy
> > to check one's markup nowadays, and even clean it up, so it's sad to
> > see so many corporate sites with poor design under the counter,
> > concentrating on flash rather than substance or interoperability.
> > But that's not unusual in business, is it?
> > Murray
> > ......................................................................
> > Murray Altheim <mailto:m.altheim @ open.ac.uk>
> > Knowledge Media Institute
> > The Open University, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK7 6AA, UK
> > In the evening
> > The rice leaves in the garden
> > Rustle in the autumn wind
> > That blows through my reed hut. -- Minamoto no Tsunenobu (08)