Tech Writer This Week for October 3, 2012 – TechWhirl
TechWhirl’s Weekly Roundup of the best technical communication and technical writing posts on the web.
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Courtesy of the STC Technical Editing SIG, Kelsey Berteaux tells us how she became an “accidental editor,” and Kelcie Sharp shares how she learned the ins and outs of technical editing on the job.
In the world of Content Strategy, Jim Marcolina (jimmarcolina.wordpress.com) talks about technical writers as information curators and defends the title of “curator.” The fine people at Scriptorium offer an excerpt of Sarah O’Keefe’s and Alan Pringle’s new book (ContentStrategy101.com) that discusses the widely held concept of low-cost documentation and why it’s wrong. Then they offer tips on developing technical content efficiently.
In a double-shot of User Experience, Steve Tengler (uxmag.com) gives us five user experience lessons from Tom Cruise. Yes, *Tom Cruise*. Then Doug Klein (uxmag.com) discusses the moments that don’t matter, as well as the ones that do. And Stefan Klocek (uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com) talks about fixing the broken user experience.
We wrap with Career and Life, where Shevonne Polastre (chicwriter.com) suggests using a voice-to-text app such as Evernote to remember your ideas. Ugur Akinci (technicalcommunicationcenter.com) talks about landing that first technical writing job, and why your title may not be “Technical Writer.”