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Tech and word processing in academia 

I hardly ever see people making actual use of word processor styles in academia, is this just a Korean legal studies thing? (I really hope engineering and the sciences are better at this.) You save yourself soooo much work by taking a few minutes to set things up on a stylesheet, why do people insist on putting themselves through the misery of manually formatting everything and foregoing the benefit of automatic numbering, auto-generated TOC and more?

Tech and word processing, power imbalances 

And that's to say nothing of MODIFYING formatting, which becomes nightmarish for large documents unless you've been applying stylesheets. Maybe it's because it's the grad students and assistants who get stuck with this drudge work: The professors have no incentive to learn and adapt when they can offload the consequence of their tech illiteracy to more junior people who have little say.

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Tech and word processing, power imbalances 

@jhlee I feel like I should have enough graphic design/web design experience (very little, but enough) to have figured this out - it's not taught, for sure. And I'm running into that with other types of technology - had a vendor out last week promoting learning tool and not understanding why the professors weren't coming to events, but for many teaching details are for grad students to deal with.

Tech and word processing, power imbalances 

@Holly What did the vendors think professors are, teachers? XD I think tech literacy should definitely be taught more, and maybe this generation of grad students will bring their own tech skills to their future jobs (heh... jobs).

Tech and word processing in academia 

@jhlee Microsoft Word is really terrible at style handling. I always use . Saves me from so much troubles.

Tech and word processing in academia 

@drbjork Can Markdown handle things like different classes of paragraphs and spans, though, short of falling back on HTML and CSS? I love MD for web publishing, but haven't tried it yet for word processing. Is there a word processor you like for handling MD?

Tech and word processing in academia 

@jhlee (pandoc.org) can handle most, if not all, needs of academic writing. Used it for my dissertation. As for editing, there are so many editors out there. I prefer myself.

Tech and word processing in academia 

@drbjork In an eerie bit of synchronicity I was JUST reading about Pandoc and Sublimetext in a different thread. mdlbear.dreamwidth.org/1663349 I'll take it as a sign from the universe to check out Pandoc. XD

Tech and word processing in academia 

@jhlee I see this in my field too. Of course some people are good at it. And plenty are using LaTeX which is a different story.

Tech and word processing in academia 

@jhlee Not just a thing in your field. I took ten minutes to teach the basics to a fellow PhD student this year.

It was painful to see the random mix of fonts (from copying and pasting quotes) and headings and (oh god) manually created TOC in the drafts we were sharing around.

Hopefully helps him focus more on writing and less on formatting in future years.

Tech and word processing in academia 

@dbs I winced :( while grad students are slightly better than the profs, a lot of them were not taught to fully use their word processors and you see them waste so much time & energy on these basic tasks. In shared drafts and projects it becomes a hindrance for others in the workflow, too. It really seems like this sohuld be a more formal part of the education for academics.

Tech and word processing in academia 

@jhlee Yes, maybe not as coursework, but at least as workshops.

Possibly covering Word/LibreOffice, w/ Latex where applicable, and Markdown/Asciidoc for the keen.

Would be nice to integrate citation management software (Zotero, etc) as well. Libraries tend to give those workshops but supervisors need to push their students to get there...

Tech and word processing in academia 

@dbs It's terrible how students are left to their own devices to learn or discover these things on their own. I found Scrivener and Zotero through *fandom* (to be fair the fan who mentioned Zotero is an academic herself), and both were instrumental to my dissertation. There definitely needs to be more training of the type you mention to make sure people are even reading the same book tech-wise, to say nothing of the same page.

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