LavaCon Session Summary: Peter Lubbers on HTML5

Just when you thought you had the publishing thing all figured out, someone goes and changes everything on you. HTML5 is one such change. But don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good thing. Just ask Peter Lubbers of Kaazing. His session on HTML5 proves how very much of a good thing this change is for technical communications. Continue reading ...

LavaCon Session Summary: Andrea Ames on Leadership

Andrea Ames presented a practical session on the qualities and requirements of a great team leader. Rife with audience feedback, it was a lively session that could have gone twice its length. Some key (tweetable!) points included: A good leader also has to be a good team member; Leadership is sharable and contextual; and Who leads on a team can shift as context changes. Continue reading ...

Tech Writer Tips & Tricks—DITA

Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is a sweeping revolution in technical writing and training. Consider carefully, and if you choose to make the switch to DITA, it’s already time to start planning. And it’s no simple task. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the forest and lose sight of the trees. DITA implementation is a big undertaking, but doable if you stay focused on some salient points it becomes a lot easier. Continue reading ...

Introduction to Content Management Systems (CMS)

In this information age and with the advent of DITA’s topic-based writing practices, it’s not uncommon for companies to get completely overloaded by their own technical content: thousands or millions of files (maps, topics, and graphics, oh my!), versions, backups, resulting in terabytes of storage. And no one knows exactly what exists and where it […] Continue reading ...

Going from Zero to Superhero

It’s time to take your career into your own hands before you suffer death by cubicle and NO ONE NOTICES. Let’s face it, no one is going to make you an admired and well-paid superhero except you. It’s time to start building your skill set of awesome: your renewable, sustainable superhero powers that fear no Kryptonite. Continue reading ...