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Posted by Bala Murugan on February 1, 2014 at 9:10am 0 Comments

Hi all, i had read your comment. Now am working as a technical research writer for Writerbay. I am holding a technical degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and i has planned to switch company. can any one guide me about companies need…

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Microsoft Word as technical writing tool

Posted by Vishnu Swami on January 25, 2014 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

I still see lots of teams using Microsoft Word for technical documentation. This makes me wonder why companies cannot find tools other than Microsoft Word.

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web hosting writiters

Posted by Nataly Kalian on December 28, 2013 at 2:16am 3 Comments

We need professional writers. Language – English. Topic – Web Hosting.  4000 characters without space, need informative articles on webhosting.  You do the task if it is good enough we pay. No milestone. Payment presently via PayPal, Webmoney and…

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Discussion on MadcapFlare 9

Posted by shesh on December 11, 2013 at 7:48am 3 Comments

Hi Friends

I am new user to Madcap Flare 9.0. Can any one suggest on how to create our own Table of Content in this tool. I followed instructions given in the Dynamic Help, but ended up with confussion.

Technical Writing

Posted by Soni on December 3, 2013 at 2:30am 0 Comments

Technical writing is a skill by itself. You do not require extra ordinary skills to become a technical writer it would rather require communication skill. Here are few simple questions and answers on technical writing.



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Dr.Explain review

Posted by Colum McAndrew on November 25, 2013 at 11:01am 0 Comments

I was recently asked to review the latest version of the Dr.Explain help authoring tool. You can read what I think at:…

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Your opinion is request - Help Desk knowledge "Question and Answer" vs "Purpose and Procedure"

Posted by Sean Woodward on October 1, 2013 at 9:07pm 1 Comment

Hello,

The purpose of this blog post is to request collaboration from other technical writers after explaining an existing writing style that exists in a Knowledge Base that I manage, new practices that I have become aware of, and how I…

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Documentation by the pound?

Posted by Arnold Burian on July 30, 2013 at 9:25pm 3 Comments

Walking through my neighborhood, I passed a small bookstore with an interesting sales strategy - selling books by the pound.…

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Amarjeet Desai replied to Melissa Dhillon's discussion Free alternative for RoboHelp
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Pros and Cons of Cross-references vs. simple text references in MS Word

I'm with a technical writing group that is creating process documents in MS Word. We're having a discussion lately about the best way to handle cross references within the document. These are just simple cross-references such as "See Section 4,…See More
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Free alternative for RoboHelp

Started by Melissa Dhillon in Software and Stuff. Last reply by Amarjeet Desai 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

Hello,My company is currently using RoboHelp x5. I'm looking for a free alternative to it. Any suggestions?Continue

Deploying PDFs as listing with links and metadata (Subject, Title...)

Started by David Sidwell in Software and Stuff yesterday. 0 Replies

Hi all,First post. Am contracting at a site where they use PDF to deploy our documents and technical drawings. The file names are quite meaningless, so I’ve asked the creators to populate the standard PDF metadata (tag) values of Subject and Title. Which they have done.I’m now looking for a deployment tool, so I can point it at a folder of such PDFs and have it generate a listing; say HTML using the metadata and making the filename a (local file:) link.  I’d then deploy the folder of PDFs with…Continue

Pros and Cons of Cross-references vs. simple text references in MS Word

Started by Brian M in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts Apr 17. 0 Replies

I'm with a technical writing group that is creating process documents in MS Word. We're having a discussion lately about the best way to handle cross references within the document. These are just simple cross-references such as "See Section 4, Creating a New Template on page 15".This could be done either by inserting cross references, or by simply writing out the reference in plain text.I have a very strong opinion about which of these is the best practice, and some other writers have a…Continue

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Should I propose Robohelp and Framemaker to my boss?

Started by Akila Mani in Software and Stuff. Last reply by Michael Bister Apr 16. 6 Replies

Hi everyone, I am new here and can call myself relatively new to technical writing as well.  I started as a tech writer about seven years ago, worked for about 6 months before I took a break for 4+ years.  I restarted work about two years ago and the company I joined worked with only MS office suite for all its documentation needs, so I used only Word for documention.   Now I have joined another company where again only Word is used. Until now the size of the documents have been relatively…Continue

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Gripes about job boards, daily job alerts etc. for tech writing

Started by David Gates in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by David Gates Apr 15. 4 Replies

I seriously doubt this is a problem with just technical writing job posts, but . . .I am very frustrated and upset with a trend on some job boards and search services.  I create searches for "Technical Writer" and the location, and then receive daily alerts containing search results.It used to be, the results I would receive would be just what I asked for: technical writing positions at the given location(s), region etc.Dice is still pretty good about this, and Monster not too bad.  But from…Continue

New technical writer seeks help

Started by yang burz home in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts Apr 11. 0 Replies

I am a writer, an independent researcher, a self-taught cultural anthropologist, a political satirist and a web designer, developer and SEO. One of my draft research papers can be accessed at this link:http://www.academia.edu/1813187/Non_Theologicentric_view_of_islam.However, I would like to venture into the field of technical writing, particularly writing manuals, tutorials How-to articles, Tips and tricks…Continue

Transferable skills for Technical writing

Started by Nyon Smith in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts Apr 7. 0 Replies

Glad to be a part of this community! After reading a lot about the field of technical writing, I learned that I have been doing a lot of that type of work for the past 7 years of my career. For a previous employer, I was consulted with SMEs to write training/procedure alerts. We worked at a call center selling furniture and mattresses and a lot of the processes that were required in store did not apply to phone sales, so I was tasked with adaptation of manuals. The job required a lot of effort…Continue

Displaying a data dictionary in a nice format

Started by Tannu M in Software and Stuff Apr 2. 0 Replies

I have joined a datawarehouse group and they want me to display the data dictionary (right now in excel) in a clean format. The end business users do not understand the data dictionary in the current format and would like to use the datawarehouse to generate reports.My question is how can I structure the data distionary so that the user knows where data is and can access it for report writing.If you have any suggestions/advice that would help me a lot.Thanks.Continue

Documentation Flow

Started by Kim Smith in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts Mar 30. 0 Replies

Hello all, I have been appointed to the role of training and documentation coordinator with a large electricity retailer in NZ.  My background is in tertiary training so this is a new direction which is proving to be quite challenging.  I have been tasked with organising and standardising technical communications within my team, the ICT dept and the organisation as a whole.  with 500+ employees and no formal document management system in place, this is no easy feat.  I simply don't know where…Continue

Which is better for an interview, using writing samples or a writing portfolio?

Started by Amanda E Jones in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Erica Krilov Mar 25. 1 Reply

I have an interview coming up for a job I really want. I created a writing portfolio using academic, work, and freelance(extracurricular) samples to give to my interviewer on the job. My portfolio probably has 10 samples plus I will give her my contact info with a link to a web portfolio I created with the same writing samples and some websites with content I was responsible for writing(ex. FAQ for a website). So, is using a writing portfolio better than just using a few writing samples?

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