Woke up this morning to fins a request about redesigning the docs for our product into HTML. Uh-oh. The docs are DocBook, and there’s an XSLT style sheet that transforms them to html suitable for shipping to a customer (and publishing to the web, and printing).

And the person assigned to it…well, if G thinks E doesn’t have anything better to do…uh-oh. Sure, there’s supposedly a lot of work coming, but this screams busy work.

These docs have been in this same layout for almost a year. Has the head designer really just noticed them (and the layout of the setup program)? Or is this, as I suspect, busy work? We’ve had a lot of “busy” work lately (and I’m not even sure I’ll make my minimum bill-ables this month), and this just worries me even more.

Damn shame I never got a callback about th oracle/java thing @ GSK, and that the job I’m waiting on an offer from hasn’t made it yet.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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  1. badger says:

    or simplifying the product and its dependencies to not require DocBook. Maybe they decided the printing aspect wasn’t worth the effort, and figure it might as well be done now before they get busy again. Doesn’t have to be another sign of the end times.

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