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Technical Writer in Training: "I get paid to explain things to people"

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on December 13, 2014 at 4:20pm 0 Comments

Well, my first week as a professional writer is in the books! I did a lot of reading and a little bit of shadowing. I immersed myself in learning…

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Technical Writers in Pop Culture

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on December 13, 2014 at 4:19pm 0 Comments

As with my technical writer community post, I will continue to update this list as I go…

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The Technical Writing Community, As I Know It

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on December 3, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

As I’ve mentioned, finding a technical writer community is extremely important to me as I make my transition…

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How to Get Started as a Technical Writer: A Review

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on December 2, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

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I just finished reading How to Get Started as a Technical Writer by James Gill. I snagged it on eBook…

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Switching Horses: Thoughts on Career Change

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on November 25, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

I found this graphic one day a few weeks ago while flipping through my RSS feeds:

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I immediately printed it out and tacked it to…

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How Atlassian uses K15t Software Scroll Content Management Tools

Posted by Nils Bier on September 16, 2014 at 8:51am 2 Comments

Hi everybody,



I’m working for K15t Software GmbH, we are specialized on developing content management add-ons for the collaboration platform…

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MSWord getting familiar among writers

Posted by Shinha on July 17, 2014 at 6:50am 3 Comments

Microsoft Word is common and flexible for editing the documents compare with other tools. Created a document by using other technical tools, that makes complicated to non-technical folks while editing. They are not…

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Urgent opening for Technical Writer

Posted by Nibha Kuttappan on July 9, 2014 at 10:24am 0 Comments

Hi,

We have an urgent opening for Technical Writer at our company C-Sam Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (A MasterCard Company), Vadodara, Gujarat.

Interested candidate plz mail me their resume to : [email protected]

Active Shooter, Bomb Threat, or Just Rumor

Posted by Bruce Curley on June 7, 2014 at 2:12pm 0 Comments

There’s an active shooter at South Carroll High School!!! God, I hope Eamon is safe! What can we do!!?”

That is what I heard through my wife’s sobbing when I picked up…
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Creating web-help systems with Joomla!

Posted by Matt Majeske on June 4, 2014 at 10:32am 13 Comments

A few years ago, I posted an explanation of how I used Joomla as a publishing platform for technical documentation on a corporate intranet. I continue using Joomla today, but in a different context: now I use it as a web-help…

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When you know your job, but your role is negotiable and unclear...

Started by Rencie Woolsey in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Deborah Lewis Doyle Mar 12. 3 Replies

I am currently embedded as a technical writer with a team of programmers and software developers working for a major Federal client (we are contractors).  I've been working as a technical writer and editor (at various times, a project manager and business analyst, in conjunction).  I've been at this current job for about a month, but I've been writing and editing for Defense and government generally for about 8 years with a focus on IT (systems' interoperability testing, service level…Continue

Mgr has unrealistic expectations. Don't want to lose my job. Advice please!

Started by Bianca Alexander in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Deborah Lewis Doyle Mar 12. 9 Replies

Hello Everyone,I have about 5 yrs experience as a tech writer/editor in the oil & gas industry. Up until last week, I had been unemployed for 8 mths after having been laid off. I'm currently doing contract to possible perm work at an engineering firm that services the oil and gas industry. Today was my 5th day on the job.My manager's expectations are totally unrealistic. Last Friday we discussed the work I'd complete this week. I understood that I would create web content for 5 of their…Continue

Hi everyone! Please share a bit about how your organization handles the role of Content Strategist

Started by Deborah Lewis Doyle in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Deborah Lewis Doyle Mar 12. 2 Replies

Greetings, all!If you will be so kind as to share your thoughts about this, I will greatly appreciate it. I am curious to know if you have an individual Content Strategist in your org, a Content Strategy team, or if that role is handled by the team-at-large in some way.I've done some LinkedIn traversing and haven't found much data around how many TechComm organizations/companies treat the content strategist role. I'm interested also in how many content strategists TechComm orgs have per number…Continue

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Technical Writing Course in Switzerland

Started by Grazia Frontoso in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Kai Weber Mar 4. 3 Replies

Hi there,can anyone recommend a good technical writing training course in Switzerland?Thanks,Grazia Continue

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

Started by David Gates in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Tommy green Feb 26. 7 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

MS-SQL SERVER ARCHITECTURE

Started by kamal kumar in Software and Stuff. Last reply by Narayan Feb 5. 2 Replies

can we start discussion ms-sql server architectureContinue

Introducing Docito.com – where no technical writer has gone before

Started by Ori Bendet in Software and Stuff Feb 4. 0 Replies

I’d like to introduce you to a new service called “Docito”. Docito’s aim is to connect between technical writers and R&D, in order to improve the documentation process and reduce the organization cost.We are currently in the process of defining how our product will look like and we are looking for technical writer’s insights. If you wish to help us define and shape its functionality, visit us at …Continue

Setting up as a freelance Technical Author

Started by Stephen Dinham in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts Feb 3. 0 Replies

Hello to all,I am currently in the process of setting up a small business venture as a freelance Technical Author. I worked for Rolls Royce aero engines in the UK as a publications engineer before taking voluntary redundancy after 25 year's service and then moving onto Airbus UK. I spent 2 years with Airbus UK prior to my move to France, where I currently live. At the moment I am out of work and in the process of putting a business plan together to start working from home. This is totally new…Continue

Working with a Non-writer

Started by Michael DeFilippo in Careers. Last reply by Arnold Burian Feb 2. 8 Replies

I am currently working with another individual who holds the title of Technical Writer, but is not a writer; rather, she was a QA Analyst in the past and was asked several years ago to take over the help file. I was hired to clean up the help file and implement help industry standards for consistency. She refuses to follow the standards that I have put into place and I cannot approach her concerning her grammar and writing style. I am told by management (there is no documentation manager) to…Continue

Embedding a Youtube video in a Word document

Started by Shmuel Frendzel in Software and Stuff Jan 14. 0 Replies

Hello all,I'm new to this forum.And I'd like to ask a question, hoping somebody out there can assist me.I've written a technical document, and I want to show a youtube video.But when I write the link to the video, the entire page appears, with the video window in the upper corner, as usually.How can I retrieve the video window ONLY?Additionally, I have a GIF image. I know it can't be shown in a Word document. I can write a link to the GIF image that will open in a browser.  (BTW, the GIF is an…Continue

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