TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for January 24, 2014

technical communication recap for July 5This afternoon’s recap has been somewhat delayed partly due to the worldwide failure of Gmail today… which should be some sort of warning about relying too much on a single technology or service provider. It feels totally weird not to be able to check email whenever we want to.  The only thing worse would be having the smart phone run out of juice during a power outage…

Well our dependence on G-stuff isn’t total…TechWhirl remains powered up, and while the email version may not go out until tomorrow, you can still catch up with all the content and tech comm goodness we published this week. Get to know easyDITA, learn something about crowd-sourced translation, find out whether you ought to let go of the words, get advice on transitions, and read about what’s top of mind in other corners of the communications universe.

So while you wait for Gmail to return, take a look at this week’s articles. And if you have ideas for topics we should be covering somewhere on TechWhirl, or if you’re interested in joining our elite team of Special Writers, drop me a note (even if I don’t get it for a while, I will respond).

Have a great weekend!

-Connie and the gang at TechWhirl

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Tech Writer This Week for January 23, 2014

In this edition of Tech Writer This Week we’re thinking about spring. Spring, that wondrous time of year when it’s not below zero; there isn’t a foot of snow on the ground and a warm day isn’t the harbinger of doom.

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Word Wise: Our Transitions, Ourselves

What does an elbow do, after all? It holds your upper arm and forearm together while enabling you to move your hand from here to there. Give your writing elbows, by using transitions often and fluidly.

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Book Review: “Letting Go of the Words” is Worth Holding On To

I bought “Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works” by Janice (Ginny) Redish because of the excellent word-of-mouth recommendations I saw on the Web. Okay, so I’m a technical writer by day, and a copywriter by night. Can Ginny help me say what needs to be said and then shut up before I get boring?

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Translating the Future of Tech Comm: Crowdsourcing & Ackuna

Crowdsourcing has become popular topic in technical communication in recent years, with crowdsourced projects appearing in disciplines ranging from technical writing to industrial design. But is it a viable trend in the technical translation field?

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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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