Roger Renteria

Roger is relatively new to the technical communication field; however, he works extremely hard to network and develop professional relationships among colleagues. He also posts articles regarding technical communication on his blog at WriteTechie.com. Check him out on Google+ too!

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LavaCon Session: Neil Perlin Nerds Out on Responsive Design

With the thousands of combinations of screen sizes and resolutions with any device, is it even possible to create just one layout scheme that works for all screens? Neil Perlin says "responsive design is the biggest thing to hit the output side of technical communication since the introduction of HTML." Continue reading ...

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Summit Summary: Laura Palmer on Staking Your Claim in the Social Media Frontier

You only have to look at the number of folks who tweet with the #techcomm hashtag on any given day to see that technical communicators need to play a role in the corporate social media strategy. Dr. Laura Palmer, agrees, and her session at the STC Summit 2013 in Atlanta, introduced us to the frontier of social media and how to tackle its many pitfalls. Continue reading ...

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Summit Summary: Jean-luc Doumont on Conveying Messages with Graphs

Ever want to learn how to make better graphs? Check out a Jean-luc Doumont presentation sometime. In this STC Summit presentation, based on his book "Trees, Maps, and Theorems, about 'effective communication for rational minds'", he discussed how to choose the right graph and optimize the display to send the right kind of message. Continue reading ...

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Online Meeting Tools and Technical Communication Teams

Here at TechWhirl, we use a lot of neat technology to make our collaborations and meetings as easy and efficient as possible. The reality is, thanks to the wide availability of the internet, we can work anywhere at any time without the need of meeting in a physical or centralized office. Without a physical location to meet, we technical communicators need a central location to conduct business and have virtual "face-to-face" meetings Continue reading ...

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Book Review: Content Strategy 101 by Sarah O’Keefe and Alan Pringle

Sarah S. O’Keefe and Alan S. Pringle of Scriptorium Publishing tried a fascinating experiment in putting together their latest book, “Content Strategy 101.” They crowd-sourced the development, seeking commentary, feedback on the structure and content, and reviews from a wide range of content and technical communication professionals via the contentstrategy101.com website. Jacquie Samuels, a content strategy veteran, and Roger Renteria, a graduate of tech comm studies read the book at the website and offer their perspectives in this “mini-crowd-sourced” review. Continue reading ...

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Tips and Tricks or Treats: A Tech Writer’s Guide to Zombie Spotting

Currently, we have hundreds of books and countless YouTube videos telling us how to survive the zombiepocalypse, and many of them provide useful technical and non-technical content. But what about detecting the first signs of next coming of zombies before they strike? Here are some signs savvy technical communicators should be on the lookout before it’s too late. Continue reading ...

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Professional Development in Tech Comm: Is Distance Learning Worth It?

In August, I asked our wonderful community of technical communication professionals about their opinions and thoughts about online distance learning and I was amazed by the responses regarding the topic of distance learning. As part of TechWhirl’s September theme of "Your Career: Upgrade in Progress," we try to demystify the world of distance learning, because if you plan on upgrading your skills in technical communication, you may find yourself in front of the computer screen attending an online course. Continue reading ...