Digital Word Processing for Professionals

Shan Sheikh

Starting with the Right Tools

Choosing a word processor is perhaps the most important task for any writer. UAB students are required to use computer word processing throughout their academic careers, but requirements for academic writers are usually centered around a black and white document of a certain file type. Commercial, nonprofit, and government entities outside of academia require professional writers” to compose documents in a number of styles and formats. Professional writers with knowledge of the differences in word processors can be confident that the documents they compose will look and function as intended.

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Write Your Way In

Sullivan Sanders


The responsibilities and expectations of a professional writer are always directly proportionate to and dependent on the desires of the writer’s employer, usually an editor of the publication. The relationship with this employer is the only aspect ensuring the continuation of a writer’s employment assuming that his or her initial hiring was based on the writer’s ability to write. As a student, your continued employment comes in the form of satisfactory grades and eventually sources for positive references. In my time as a student majoring in English and concentrating in professional writing and public discourse the relationships I have had with my professors have similarly affected my grades as in the professional world that relationship would affect the writer’s employment. In the professional world there are deadlines, length specifications, desired voices for particular audiences,etc.. These expectations are just the same for a student.

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Usability by Design

Amy Roberts

When designing, and creating space for content the writer’s primary objective is overall usability. A web designer has to be aware of all visual aspects in a document in order to accomplish the goals intended by the content. In a market where new ideas are constantly generated, designers still look for the most effective ways to achieve usability. When creating space for the web or many other forms of publication a designer has to decide what tools to rely on during production. This is where the debate of content versus design comes into play.

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