Friday, March 16, 2012

Tech Comm Friday (March 16)

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Man, another week in the books. March is flying by. But as most of the US is spending more time outdoors enjoying this unseasonably warm weather, don't forget to look back at what's occurring in the world of tech comm. Here's your rundown of five attention-grabbing stories and resources from the past week.

  • The Future of Technical Communication - Check out, a new way to make quick and easy manuals, how-to guides, or procedures. This puts documentation creation in the hands of the people, which isn't always a bad thing. After all, they're the ones performing the tasks.

  • A set of shinies for technical documentation on a wiki - Sarah Maddox explains some simple, yet innovative, ways to make your wiki documentation that much better. She uses Confluence, but you can apply her tips to almost any wiki platform.

  • Writers UA Conference Recaps - Lauren Hart is blogging about each day spent at the Writers UA Conference in Memphis, TN. Head on over to her blog to check out what she's learning and what we're all missing out on!

  • Poor Documentation Formats (PDF) and the Encyclopedia Britannica - Damien Howley from MindTouch wiki software explains how the fact that Encyclopedia Britannica announced that it'll no longer print hard copies of its encyclopedias proves that print documentation is a dying form of documentation, including PDFs.

  • Technical Writer Meme
And that's a wrap for this week. Have a great weekend, folks. 

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