TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for December 21, 2012

 This week’s update on technical communication and the TechWhirl community is supported by Platinum sponsor Adobe & their Technical Communication Suite 4 |

mayan tech comm & a cuppa joeIf you’re reading this, then continue your technical communication work as you have been for the last however-many years, no Mayan or Zombie Apocalypse today.  If you’re like most of us, just a little sigh of relief, but if you’re panicking about the shopping you still have to do, you might actually be disappointed that the sun came up today.

Generally speaking we’re quite happy that the prophets of doom have again spoken too soon, since it means we have plenty of time for yakking it up about technical communications, content strategy and user experience.  2012 was an incredibly busy and productive year on all of these fronts, and we’re proud of how we’ve been able to cover the latest and greatest in this far-ranging industry.  We’re also excited about the prospects for 2013, as economies continue their slow recovery, our profession still ranks highly for growth opportunities. We see it in the increasing popularity of our jobs board, the buzz that continues on the email discussion list, and the variety of posts and commentary happening on the magazine.

As you slide into the winter holidays (we hope figuratively, not literally), take a few moments to reflect on how great it is to be a part of the technical communication field, and  resolve to become a more active member of the community in 2013.


Have a great weekend!

-The gang at TechWhirl


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tekom / tcworld 2012 Review: Content, Technical Communication and Translation Take Center Stage

More than 3700 visitors converged on Wiesbaden, Germany back on October 23 – 25, 2012 for tekom annual fair and tcworld conference 2012, the world’s largest event in the field of technical communication. The conference program, given in both German and English, featured seven tracks for the international community.

 STC Virtual Conference sponsored by Content Wrangler

Conference Review: STC’s Virtual Conference on Content Strategy

It’s never easy to do group projects, but this virtual conference on content strategy in the mobile device age came off quite well. Sponsored by STC and The Content Wrangler, many great speakers came together to discuss mobile content strategy, and the short answer is, it’s complex but doable.

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Technical Communication Poll: Stocking Stuffers

Of course it’s the time of year where we’re checking off lists—gifts to buy, parties to attend, cards to send, colleagues to endorse on LinkedIn. We’re pretty sure that those of us in technical communication have more lists than most, it’s just in our nature. We take after the jolly fat man in that regard, whose lists of naughty and nice have to be well-organized, meta-tagged, and navigable in order to deliver the right stocking stuffers


Best Technical Writing Tips and Tricks from the TechWhirl Email Discussion List

In 2012, Techwhirl’s email discussion list was alive with opinion, facts, recommendations, suggestions, and ideas on technical writing, job hunting, planning and production of content intended to help users. As we close out the year, we thought it would be worthwhile to mine this vast expertise and provide you with some wide-ranging tips and tricks you can use in 2013 and beyond.

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