April Fools' Day 2012

TechWhirl's very special coverage of April 1st announcements for 2012

Microsoft Manual of Style – Valley Girl Translation

INKtopia Limited's virtual globalization team has announced a major advance in translation plug-ins for most major content management systems. Utilizing an advanced XML transform, dubbed Valspeak, coupled with streaming MP3 conversion, INKtopia's translation plug-in allows for on-the-fly translation of American and Canadian English texts and audio recordings to Valley Girl. Continue reading ...

ComponentOne Research Initiative: Pen v. Sword

ComponentOne Doc-To-Help – the all-in-one authoring and publishing solution (www.doctohelp.com) – is putting their money where their mouth is by funding a research study to determine if the pen is, in fact, mightier than the sword. The Pittsburgh-based firm’s Doc-To-Help Product Manager Dan Beall believes that this is something that the writing community – and the world at large – needs to a definitive answer. Continue reading ...

Microsoft Manual of Style on Tape

In a move designed to increase the convenience factor for technical writers on the move, publishers of the Microsoft Manual of Style have released the 4th edition in the popular Books-on-Tape format. “Mastering the Microsoft Manual of Style is no simple challenge,” says a spokesperson. “Providing MMoS on tape allows career-committed technical communicators to spend […] Continue reading ...