[texhax] test for LaTeX typist ?
alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Wed Apr 26 23:00:35 CEST 2006
On Apr 26, 2006, at 6:37 PM, Dana Murray wrote:
> The secretary in our Math dept is leaving us. She learned LaTeX very
> quickly and became quite proficient. Ad now we have to replace
> her :-(
> Can anyone suggest a test, or an approach that we can follow, to
> determine whether an applicant for the job has the potential to become
> competent in LaTeX, roughy at the level of undergraduate math exam
> Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated
All suggestions already promulgated accepted. But...
What was the criteria you used for this person? Why can't you use
My impression is that they did not already have LaTeX skills before
coming on board, so now are you looking for a person who has a higher
level of skills than they had? In which case I think you may have
some problems unless you are prepared to pay more for that better
Have you considered looking for an older person? What about some of
those retired/redundant typesetters from the 80's and early 90's.
An older person is more likely to be stable and less likely to move
on, and they would have had a grounding in the style of computing you
are looking for (pre/non-GUI).
On the other hand, if you look for someone who has good scripting or
limited programming skills, I would ask myself why they would want to
be a secretary and not gone for a better position somewhere else.
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