Tech Writer This Week for June 28, 2012

Tech Writer This Week for June 28, 2012 by TechWhirl

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

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In Technical Communication, Tom Johnson (idratherbewriting.com) tells us about his best days as a technical writer and also wonders how novices can afford to learn expensive tech comm tools. Nikhil Khandekar, a guest writer for technicalcommunicationcenter.com, discusses the importance of perseverance in our careers, and Ivan Walsh (ihearttechnicalwriting.com) tells us how to proof tech docs in just 15 minutes.
In Content Strategy, we found a definition of that very discipline supplied by newfangled.com. Also take a look at what Stanford U has accomplished in the challenging area of copyright clearance.
In User Experience, Robert Hoekman talks about the 13 linchpins of UX, and John Schneider (forumone.com) discusses the emotional side of user experience in two posts. And, if you’re using tag clouds, TechTarget discusses how they’re dying out and what may replace them.

Technical Communication

Writing User-Centered Documentation, or, My Best Days as a …2 days ago … The time when I lived more in the end-user space is when I found my best rhythm and flow as a technical writer. I wrote …
How Can Newbies Learn Tech Comm Tools Given Their Cost? | I'd …1 day ago … I can empathize with the tool dilemma. Not only are tech comm tools expensive, you can also spend a lot of energy learnin…
On the Importance of Perseverance in Our Careers as Technical …2 days ago … On the Importance of Perseverance in Our Careers as Technical Writers. … Technical Communication Center. Technical Wri…
Checklist: how to proofread technical documents in 15 minutesYou have fifteen minutes to check your technical document before it's sent to the client. What do you do? Start at one page one and…

Content Strategy

The Definition of Content StrategyThe definition of a content strategy is "a plan for regularly adding unique, expert, and indexable content to your site." There are many …
Stanford University’s Cloud-based Copyright Clearance: A Win-Win for Content Creators and Users | The New Media ConsortiumThe NMC extends its congratulations to Franny Lee and Martha Russell of Stanford University for receiving the Best in Show award for thei…

User Experience

Sliced – 13 Tenets of User Experience3 days ago … 13 Tenets of User Experience A list of 13 beliefs on the value of user experience strategy, design, and designers: • Use…
Perception Strategy: The Emotional Side of User Experience Part Two2 days ago … In my previous post we explored how people respond to information and discussed the need for a good understanding of hum…
Perception Strategy: The Emotional Side of User Experience | Forum …5 days ago … Perception Strategy: The Emotional Side of User Experience … I don't think anyone would disagree that part of desi…
As tag clouds die off, businesses seek new ways to visualize textIn the last few years, data visualization tools have enjoyed a surge in interest; techniques have matured beyond basic pie charts and bar…
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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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