Tech Writer This Week for April 12, 2012

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Tech Writer This Week for April 12, 2012

TechWhirl’s Weekly Roundup of the best technical communications and technical writing posts on the web.

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April is showering us with news and commentary about technical communications, and we’re hoping for a few flowers along the way. News this week features new ideas and trends to keep an eye on as well as new and improved tools for sharing content and collaborating.
In Technical Communications, we have posts on “Technical Writers: Defenders of the Truth,” “The Sport of Technical Communication,” and “Transitioning to Tech Comm: Five Things to Prepare Yourself,” from the Carolina Communique, the newsletter of the STC Carolina Chapter, as well as a great new post on commas from The New York Times, perspectives on doing technical documentation something on the lighter side. To round things out, we also offer some commentary on instructional design and user experience, and finish up with some Career and Life tips on “How to Find Good Programmer Writers,”  and “How to Improve Your Writing in 15 Minutes.”

Tech Comm News

Podio Online Platform Launches Dropbox Integration for Content SharingPodio, the online work platform that promotes the ability of anyone to build apps to get their work done, now supports file sharing from …
Publishers Prioritizing Multiple Platforms in Content DistributionThe rise in the number and variety of platforms for delivering content is forcing publishers to emphasize delivery strategies based on ch…
PKWARE Launches SecureZIP Reader for iOS® – Tech Comm News – TechWhirlPKWARE, Inc., producer of data-centric security products, announced availability of SecureZIP Reader for iOS®, an application that allows…
Go-Part Pays Customers for Step-by-Step Auto Replacement VideosGo-Part Discount Autoparts has launched a program that takes advantage of the surge in search queries for DIY (do it yourself) videos for…

Technical Communications

Fanfare for the Comma ManIs it safe to talk about punctuation again? Eight years ago, Lynne Truss’s best-selling "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" took, in the words of her…
Technical Writers, Defenders of Truth : Carolina CommuniquéCarolina Communiqué, the newsletter of the STC Carolina Chapter. Creating and supporting a forum for communities of practice in the profe…
Our #techcomm job is to be that interface between the left-brain techie folks and right-brain marketing and business experts.Amy Silverman
The Sport of Technical Communication : Carolina CommuniquéBy Meredith Kinder, Associate Fellow Technical communication has evolved since its humble beginning in ancient Greece, when early scienti…
What happens when you’re not fully engaged? | Words on a pageAs much as most (if not all) of us are passionate about writing, there are times when writing becomes a job. Sometimes, it becomes a chor…
Transitioning to Tech Comm: Five Things to Prepare Yourself : Carolina CommuniquéBy Renee Freeling, Technical Communicator Mobile computing devices such as smartphones, tablets, and netbooks have changed how the world …
Writers Are LeadersYou’ve surely heard the saying that "Readers are leaders," but today I am going to hop up on my soapbox and claim that "Writers are Leade…
Why Technical Writers Scroll | Shoap Technical Services15 hours ago … Technical Writing, Documentation, and Training. 404-873-4288 info@shoap.com. Shoap Technical Services · BlogOur Though…
A Technical Writer’s Guide to Technical Documentation in a Wiki | Atlassian BlogsOver the past month we have explored the world of technical writing in Confluence and gotten a taste of Sarah Maddox’s new book: Confluen…
The advantage of effectively written technical documentation is elevated revenue, expense saving < My blogWhat drives us to make technical documentation, who produces them and what forms are frequently in use? When we think of a little somethi…
What drives us to make technical documentation, who generates them and what sorts are frequently in use? " My blogWhat drives us to develop technical documentation, who produces them and what kinds are commonly in use? When we consider of something as…
Technical editing drinking game: Every time you see "browsers" spelled as "bowsers," chug a Mountain Dew Code Red.Sebastian Stirling

eLearning & Instructional Design

Avoid Making Assumptions That Backfire! by Saul Carliner : Learning Solutions Magazine"The list of potential assumptions is so much larger and most books on writing and instructional design emphasize the importance of knowi…
Put learning objectives at the heart of your eLearning #elearning #instructionaldesign http://lnkd.in/jWDDw9Steven Harz

User Experience 

Capturing User Research :: UXmatters"Trying to simultaneously record all of that information in only handwritten notes, without introducing any delays in the sessions, would…

Career and Life

Technical Writers make the top 10 list of hardest IT roles to fill. http://tinyurl.com/7vg5orc#techcommDebbie Kerr
How to Find Good Programmer Writers | Content Rules, Inc.1 day ago … How to Find Good Programmer Writers. This post was written by Andrew Davis, Manager of Talent for Content Rules. As a for…
How To Create Multiple Income Streams – Freelance SwitchApr 1, 2012 … How To Create Multiple Income Streams … It can take awhile for a blog to make any money, as with any …. http://www….
How to improve your writing in 15 minutes | ArticlesTime. None of us ever seems to have any. We’re all too busy tweeting, texting, posting and Google Plussing. (That’s what I’ve decided to …
Should You Be Using Pinterest For Your Job Search? | Corn on the …Mar 6, 2012 … She went on to tell me that it was growing quickly in the fashion world, and being that she is in fashion, you can unde…
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