The Death of Tradition

Job titles are one thing, but what do you actually do? Are you a ‘traditional’ Technical Author or a modern technical communications professional? Is there a difference? I think there is, I think there is a distinction between the two although I’m not quite sure where that line is drawn and, as with most things in this multi-discipline profession of ours, the line is probably blurry and not all that straight. For me the line separates what I consider the old and the new, the line between traditional technical writing and the modern day technical communicator, and I think the¬†distinction¬†is largely around the approaches each type of professional take when it comes to managing content. I realise this may seem …

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Handling Information Laziness

Like most people, I ‘fell’ into the world of Technical Communications. I didn’t choose this career, and like many I didn’t study anything that remotely involved writing. But then, who really knows what they want to be when they are choosing what to study at university. So, after spending a few years learning about Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and largely finding the entire experience boring, I packed that in and somehow found myself working as a Technical Administrator for a small local software firm. My Mother had spotted the job advert in the local paper and the rest, as they say, has passed under the bridge… Having spent some time helping out at a local community centre, creating flyers and …

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Hoisin

Hello? Is this on? Small blip there, apologies. I presume I missed a memo somewhere as it was definitely a server issue that affected a few other sites or was this one of those things I was emailed about months ago and have since forgotten? Most probably the latter so apologies again for the lack of warning. ANYWAY… As a Technical Author, I write software manuals for a living. The process of creating the manuals involves a fair amount of planning, information sourcing and research. Frequently I am writing the manuals at the same time the code is being developed, and it’s only towards the end of a project that I get to see the finished applications and compare them …

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Proofread

I recently passed on a piece of knowledge that I was given by a previous boss. I was a young eager thing with no real mind of what I was doing. I would throw a document together and punt it out to the world without so much as a second thought, not advisable when you are a Technical Author. Nevertheless it was my first real job and I really wasn’t THAT sure what I was doing (still not that sure now). Anyway, I came across a website tonight, read through it’s blog page and thought to myself “That person could do with that piece of advice”. So here it is: “Always re-read” Simple, huh. Then why doesn’t this bloke do …

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