Tech Writer This Week for September 6, 2012 – TechWhirl
TechWhirl’s Weekly Roundup of the best technical communication and technical writing posts on the web.
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Commenting on Larry’s piece, Mark Baker (everypageispageone.com) offers existential and thought-provoking commentary on where we as technical writers or communicators fit into the wild and wooly world of tech comm. Tom Johnson (idratherbewriting.com) discusses the finger-pointing of RTFM and the disconnect between technical writers and end-users. Ugur Akinci (technicalcommunicationcenter.com) explains why technical writers with graphics skills shouldn’t ignore infographics. And Colum McAndrew (cmcandrew.com) compares technical communications to shopping and wonders if providing only the necessary information is enough.
If you weren’t able to join TechWhirl for the Fast 5 interview with the Adobe TCS 4 team, not to worry. We recorded the video chat and it’s now available on our YouTube channel. Ankur Jain and Kapil Verma spent some time talking with Jacquie Samuels, Mike McCallister, Al Martine and Connie Giordano about the trends in tech comm and the great new features available in FrameMaker 11 and RoboHelp 10. Make plans to join us for the next Fast 5 interview with Stephen Ryden-Lloyd of Innodata on Wednesday, September 12 for his insights and a preview of his LavaCon 2012 talk on Effective Tablet Strategies for the Mobile User Experience.
The TechWhirl LavaCon 2012 team has been finalized, so be on the lookout for posts and commentary from Rachel Houghton, Michael Munkvold and Lois Patterson starting in October.
We wrap this week with Career and Life, where Melanie Pinola (lifehacker.com) offers tips on tracking expenses (and other things) with Gmail and Google Docs.
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