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Desktop Publishing Tools

Knowledge of and ability to use desktop publishing software for the design and development of various organizational materials.

Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Identifies tools used for the publishing function.

Names key features and functions of desktop publishing software.

Locates components of a standard publishing software toolkit.

Reports issues, considerations, and limits surrounding desktop publishing.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Uses a specific type of publishing software for desktop publication.

Troubleshoots and resolves common software and cross-platform problems.

Assesses major types of publishing media and associated software tools.

Specifies the difference between pre-production requirements and the production process.

Explains key considerations associated with various publishing technologies.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Works with multiple desktop technologies and publishing software.

Develops, integrates and publishes varying designs, layouts and formats.

Proposes advantages and considerations for creating reusable components.

Evaluates key benefits and drawbacks of alternative types of publishing tools.

Integrates diverse software platforms and products into the existing publishing system.

Conducts a cost-benefit analysis of diverse publishing platforms.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Advocates advanced technologies used to develop and deliver published materials.

Leads in evaluating and implementing publishing software toolkits.

Designs strategies based on the advantages and disadvantages of each major publishing technology platform.

Negotiates with publishing vendors, services and products.

Consults on matching a set of tools with the publications needs.

Leads discussions about the historical and future perspective of publishing technologies.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me about the desktop publishing tools that you used as a part of your previous position(s).
  • What steps have you taken to ensure that your desktop publishing skills remain current and competitive?
  • What were some key deliverables you produced through your work with desktop publishing software?
  • How did your organization ensure that desktop publishing tools were being used consistently and efficiently?

Titles with Shared Competencies