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Tech Writer This Week for May 23, 2013

I enjoy working in technical communication, so why not stretch my skills a bit for marcom? There must be more to this than I thought, because Sarah O'Keefe (scriptorium.com) is hosting a webcast on the Cold War between techcomm and marcom. I signed up because a good writer should be able to tackle any kind of writing. Then I went looking for more tech comm and related goodness for Tech Writer This Week. I found lots... Continue reading ...

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Tech Writer This Week for May 16, 2013

In my job as a technical writer, one of the decisions I wrestle with every day concerns topic length. Is the topic short enough to retain readers but long enough to cover the material? If the topic is too short, should I merge it with another? If the topic is too long, should I break it into two topics? This is a lot of what I think about. So does Tom Johnson (I'd Rather Be Writing). Tech Writer This Week gives you other stuff to think about: research, content strategy, taxonomy, customer journey maps, UX, CXM, and cardboard boats... huh? Continue reading ...

Technical Communication Poll: How Is Ubiquitous Computing Changing Tech Comm?

We started a fascinating conversation on TechWhirl with last week's poll question. Respondents are almost evenly split on whether wearable computers will change tech comm. Based on the commentary, we've attempted to extend the question. Wearable computers are merely a new iteration of a concept first discussed 25 years ago—ubiquitous computing. The question is not whether it will change tech comm, but rather how is ubiquitous computing changing tech comm. Continue reading ...

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Tech Writer This Week for April 4, 2013

After a foolishly good start to April, bloggers got down to the business of thinking and sharing commentary and useful tips, and we collected some of the best in Tech Writer This Week. Good service and good documentation can't be separated; the good and the bad of UI design, and the content strategy tips via IKEA are just a few of the topics we bring you this week. Continue reading ...

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Tech Writer This Week for March 28, 2013

We bid a not-so-fond farewell to March this week, and look forward to a busy and content-filled April, which we'll happily bring to you in Tech Writer This Week. Job hunting and portfolio hints, using games and brainstorming to develop content strategy, and commentary on outsourcing, and what user experience designers do that precipitates some lively debate. Continue reading ...

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Tech Writer This Week for March 14, 2013

Tech Writer This Week brings you commentary on big subjects (not those second level headings or bullet points, but the BIG subjects) this week: fear, creativity, confidence, awkwardness, simplicity, and the screw up. All tied together in a nice neat package of stuff from around the web. We start off with Technical Communication and fear. Continue reading ...