Adaptive Technologies for the Visually Impaired: The Role of Technical Communicators

Editor’s Note: The following piece by Eric and Deb Ray is part of our collection of “classics”–articles that stand the test of time no matter how many technologies come and go.  This excerpt is from an original article reprinted with permission from Technical Communication, the journal of the Society for Technical Communication. Originally published in November 1998 […] Continue reading ...

Establishing and Building Mutual Respect with Technical Team Members

As a technical writer, are you finding yourself wishing for just a bit of respect from the engineers, SMEs (Subject Matter Experts), or other technical people you work with? Are you finding that these folks seem to stonewall you on every question you have or every goal you’re trying to achieve? Are they obstreperous? Difficult? […] Continue reading ...

Techie Technical Writer Series, Part III: Faking It as a Techie Writer

This is Part 3 of 3 in the Techie Technical Writer Series See also Part 1 of this series, Being a Techie Writer See also Part 2 of this series, Becoming a Techie Writer These articles have been filed under Getting Started in Technical Writing   If you’re not yet a techie technical writer but are […] Continue reading ...

Techie Technical Writer Series, Part I: Being a Techie Writer

What's the difference between a "technical" writer and a technical "writer"? Depends on who you ask, but it can often be measured in tens of thousands of dollars annually, dramatically reduced frustration in working with developers and engineers, freedom to work more independently, effectively, and efficiently than you thought possible, and even in the ability to telecommute or freelance more readily. Continue reading ...

Techie Technical Writer Series, Part II: Becoming a Techie Writer

Just for perspective, I'm writing this not as a techie who thinks he knows the secrets, but rather as an inveterate geek who nonetheless started his first technical writing job with minimal (inadequate) proficiency with Word Perfect 4.2 and his second with a hazy notion at best of what a network might actually be. As a matter of fact, in my first technical writing job, I spent hours reformatting text because I didn't know how to use table cells to make text align properly, and I had to be forcefully dragged into using styles rather than a simple formatting (Shift-F5, I believe) command. That said, I'm now a reasonably techie technical writer ... Continue reading ...