TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for Sept. 19, 2014

technical communication recapOur September smorgasbord of communications and content goodness crosses into so many interesting areas. Some of this week’s offerings are robust, flavorful fare that meet all minimum daily requirements. Others are tantalizing tidbits that linger on the palette and stir a lot of commentary. You could sit down to a fine dining experience, or tailgate to your heart’s content.

Get your creative juices flowing with another trip to the land of tech comm terror. We want your submission for the 2014 Tech Comm Halloween Horror Festival… truth or fiction, as long as it’s scary (or at least funny), submit your story by October 17.

And now for the friendly reminder to participate in this amazing community of pros: Register for the forum or subscribe to the email list. Don’t forget to check out the archives for lots of background and historical perspective on the worlds of tech comm and content.

Have an appetizing weekend!

-Connie and the gang at TechWhirl

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Tech Writer This Week for September 18, 2014

The best technical communication, content technology and strategy articles from around the web for the week of September 18, 2014.

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Fit the Manual on a Sticker: the FDA & Labeling

The fun-loving Food and Drug Administration has a much more adventurous definition for labels than paper you glue on something. In FDA-Land, “labeling” doesn’t just mean that little sticker. It means everything that the manufacturer has ever said about the device.

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LavaCon 2014: Nick Kellet & Content Brevity

We just don’t care to go deep on anything that we’ve not heard of. So brands need to earn incremental segments of attention. Publishers need to make it easy for people to consume ideas in short soundbites or info-snacks. Then people can get your value, slowly, over time.

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Cross-functional Project Teams & eLearning for Business Acceptance

Creating a cross-functional team (CFT), comprised of key decision makers and top talent from across the organization, can integrate eLearning into your project where you can leverage it for business acceptance.

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Role of Video in Technical & Support Content (poll)

Whether you currently handle video content as part of your duties, or think the task may be thrust upon you at some point, do take a moment to vote in the poll and provide your thoughts about effectiveness, usability, ROI or anything else that can improve our understanding of video’s role in technical content.

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Tech Comm Halloween Horror Festival 2014

Once again it’s time to record those mythic tales of darkness and despair and share them with other champions of the light (and other wannabe heros battling evil and bad formatting across the globe) in the Tech Comm Halloween Horror Festival – 2014 Edition.

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Connie Giordano

Connie Giordano is a partner in INKtopia Limited and editor of TechWhirl's Tech Writer Today online magazine. She has been a list member and contributor since the days when 14,400 baud was high speed communications, and Windows 95 was state-of-the-art.

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