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First up, apologies for my absence over the past week or so. We decided to sneak a few days in Spain as a last minute holiday (before my wife starts her new job next week) and as it was all a bit rushed I didn’t have time to post anything here. Until then, here are some of the things that have pinged my interest in the past couple of weeks. Some may be a little old as I’m still catching up but… as ever, they may, or may not be of interest: Content is a Science, not an Art ~ “There is a ‘right’ way to write content. Sure, it may not be the ‘perfect’ way, it may not be …

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I’ve had my head stuck in various planning documents, so a shorter list than usual but, hopefully, thought provoking none the less. Documentation = dollars ~ “Software development without documentation is self-centric. Documentation is a signal that the developer actually cares about her downstream users. For projects that actually want downstream users, write good documentation. It won’t cannibalize buyers: it will create them.” TechComm Pros Wiki – could grow into a very useful resource, and as it’s a Wiki you can help. TICAD 2007 – OK, this one is a bit cheeky as I’m going to be speaking at it. More on that later, but the programme looks interesting and has some excellent speakers (I’ve shared dinner with Bernard Aschwanden …

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Another week, another list of articles that I’ve found interesting or useful. As usual they are spread across various areas, from technical writing, to information architecture and web design. Hope you find them interesting: Scenarios and Minimalism – if you only visit one of the links today, make it this one. To summarise hugely, it’s all about user and task analysis, and matching the outcomes of your analysis to your writing methodology. User Centred design – a paper investigating the different theories and methodologies evolving in this area. A bit dry at times. MIKE2.0 Wiki – I’ve been looking into MIKE, purely out of curiosity, and this wiki is the best place to start. 7 Lies of Information Architecture – …

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I’m not sure if this is lazy blogging, or a useful feature but here, again, are a few of the articles and blog posts that caught my eye over the past week. Audrey Carr on Design Briefs ~ “After a series of small projects involving undefined requirements, fuzzy objectives, and an aparent lack of truly insightful customer insights, I’ve spent a good chunk of this week thinking about the strategist’s favourite tool for communicating with creative and account teams: the brief.” Inline Linking is bad for usability – whilst it’s aimed at those people concerned with optimising their content for search engines, the examples are interesting from a writing point of view as well, swap out “usability” for “readability” perhaps. …

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