Tech Writer This Week for August 2, 2012

Tech Writer This Week for August 2, 2012 – TechWhirl

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

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Technical writing skills applied to the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Click here to see the original on Pinterest.
In Technical Communication, Tom Johnson (idratherbewriting.com) discusses possible misconceptions about topic-based authoring. A post from thewriteoneblog.com tells us why being a writer means you’re a business.And Joe Brockmeier (dissociatedpress.net) warns us about “simply.”  In User Experience, we offer articles on failing gracefully, designing for everyone, and the dangers of over messaging. Career and Life shares five tips for managing your email inbox, and how to empty that inbox if that’s what you want to do, and a technical writer for HP describes how she landed her job. We wrap with some lively posts from Twitter, and a reminder that if you would like to try your hand at writing for TechWhirl, feel free to drop us a line.

Technical Communication

Misconceptions about Topic-Based AuthoringSo far I’ve been exploring different ways to organize content to increase findability, but I haven’t examined perhaps the most fundamenta…
Are you a writer? Well here's why you're a business!May 15, 2012… -youre-a-business%2FAre+you+a+writer%3F+Well+here%27s+why+you% 27re+a+business%212012-05-15+11%3A27%3A42Stefaniehttp …
What Simply Really Means in Technical Documentation – Dissociated PressSimply is one of those "beware" words, if you see it in documentation. For example, "simply install the dependencies for project Foo." If…

User Experience

Failing Gracefully | UX Magazine3 days ago … This article examines how the design of software applications can be optimized to prevent excessive user errors and how …
Designing for Everyone | UX Magazine2 days ago … Apple recently unveiled its impressive new iOS 6 and showcased a truly important new feature: Guided Access, which is a …
Over Messaging the User Experience: Measuring UsabilityAlert: Are you sure you want to proceed? In his seminal book, The Humane Interface, the late Jef Raskin, one of the original Apple Design…

Career and Life

How to Conduct a Successful Job Search | CAREEREALISM1 day ago … Feeling a little bit stuck in your job hunt? Learn about what you need to do in order to conduct a successful job search …
Lifehack.org5 Failsafe Tips for Managing Your Email Inbox. July 26 by James Christie | no comments. Communication. What can be said about email whi…
Empty your Inbox: Process and organize your email more efficientlyIf your email Inbox is out of control, you might want to rethink your methods for organizing your email and emptying your Inbox. Developi…

Chatter from the Twitterverse

Nothing like editing a technical process document written by someone whose first language is not English…Tina Marie
Technical writing is gonna be the death of me.Marcus Draper
The highlight of my day: I’m on page 61 of the 256 page technical report I’m editing…. #engineeringproblemsNicole S

Craig Cardimon

Craig Cardimon wears many hats and loves all of them -- technical communicator, content curator, and freelance copywriter. In his not-so-copious spare time, he reads, writes, runs on the local trail, and watches way too much "retro" TV.

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