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0 0 How to become a voracious readergd2md-html is a Google Docs add-on that will convert your Google Doc content into either Markdown or HTML. This tool provides a much-needed converter that enables you to use Google Docs as a platform for content development without manually reformatting the content when you're ready to publish...  

0 0 How do you communicate user progress in a course without a Learning Management System (LMS)?When you don't have a system that logs users in and tracks their progress, it can be a challenge to show their progress in a course. However, rather than showing progress through completed pages, quizzes, or other interactive exercises, progress can also be measured through larger user goals...  

0 0 WTD Podcast Episode 11: Exploring the Mozilla Developer Network's Web Docs projectIn this episode of the Write the Docs podcast, we chat with Kadir Topal, product manager for Mozilla Developer Network Web Docs project, about how they manage their large body of documentation for web developers. The MDN project provides standards-based documentation around web development...  

0 0 Relaxation rocks – Lucire The San Francisco-based chain has gathered quite a buzz for its show-stopping ice-cream preparation and finished creations that taste as good as they look.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor and Leyla Messian, Correspondent Elyse Glickman  

0 0 Balancing writing, editing, and learning in equal measuresWriting is an activity that is best balanced with equal measures of editing and learning. Overdoing any one activity can lead to exhaustion and burnout, but by balancing these three activities — writing, editing, and learning — you can switch to different neural muscles and find more energy in...  

0 0 Intro to API Documentation -- recording of presentation to STC Silicon Valley chapter on 11/20/2017I recently gave a presentation titled "Introduction to API Documentation" to the STC Silicon Valley chapter in Santa Clara, California. The video recording and audio are available here. To view more details about the API doc presentation, see the STC Silicon Valley event details: November 20,...  

0 0 Case study: Switching tools to docs-as-codeIn the Publishing your API documentation section of my API documentation course, I recently added a new topic called "Case study: Switching tools to docs-as-code". In this article, I dive into a lot of challenges, decisions, and other details we faced in converting to the docs-as-code model,...  

0 0 New OpenAPI 3.0 specification tutorial in my API CourseI added a new tutorial on creating an OpenAPI 3.0 specification document in my API course. (OpenAPI was formerly referred to as Swagger.) The tutorial has 8 steps and guides you through the process of creating the specification document in the context of a sample weather API. Additionally, I...  

0 0 The Untold Story of Techwriter.pl: A Polish website about technical communication for technical writers, trainers, and translatorsThe Untold Story of Techwriter.pl: A Polish website about technical communication for technical writers, trainers, and translators Techwriter.pl is an online hub of information for technical writers in Poland. Although it's maintained by volunteers, the site continues to thrive from its...  

0 0 We're Celebrating National Cat Day in Style Here, we snapped some of our fave cat-themed looks in downtown San Francisco. Talk about outfit purr-fection. How amazing is this dress on social media specialist, Adrienne?! The stardust kitty on the collar really makes the look (and ensures you'll get plenty of compliments). I love how...  

0 0 WTD Episode 10: What's going on in our lives as documentarians and product ownersIn this episode of the Write the Docs podcast, we talk about what's going on in our lives as documentarians and product owners. We don't have special guests during this episode. Instead, we discuss challenges we're facing and any interesting aspects of our documentation lives. Topics discussed...  

0 0 Question: Which software tools should I use if my goal is to write API docs?Finding the right software tools to write API docs is a constant and difficult challenge given the wide variety of tooling and environments in the developer doc space. However, if your goal is to break into developer documentation (rather than specifically reworking your company's...  

0 0 SwaggerHub: A collaborative platform for working on OpenAPI/Swagger specification files, and moreWhen documenting REST APIs, the OpenAPI specification (formerly called Swagger) is pretty much the default standard. Yet learning the OpenAPI spec is not a trivial undertaking and requires significant ramp-up. SwaggerHub is a tool can reduce the complexity in creating your OpenAPI spec file...  

0 0 How We Do Special Occasion Style #TeamModCloth took some of our fave styles out for a spin in downtown San Francisco. Here's the scoop on what they loved most about each look. Turi, our lead copywriter, is a dream in this a-line number! "I fell in love with the classic silhouette of this dress, with the sweet bow detail...  

0 0 Write the Docs Podcast Episode 9: Chatbots in DocumentationIn this episode of the Write the Docs podcast, we're joined by Ellis Pratt from Cherryleaf to talk about chatbots in documentation. What are chatbots, and how can you incorporate them in your docs to enhance the user experience? Are chatbots the next evolution of wizards? What are some...  

0 0 Has plain language deepened or ruined our delight in language?Although technical writers champion plain language, embracing plain language for many years can cripple your ability to use more eloquent language, like that of a literary author or essayist. There isn't much room for literary play or playful tones in technical documentation. Following the...  

0 0 Convert Google Docs content to Markdown or HTML using the gd2md-html add-ongd2md-html is a Google Docs add-on that will convert your Google Doc content into either Markdown or HTML. This tool provides a much-needed converter that enables you to use Google Docs as a platform for content development without manually reformatting the content when you're ready to publish...  

0 0 #PurseBlogWIMB: This Reader's Stunning Collection Covers All Designer Bases Five: Sunnies!! PB: What was your first designer bag, and how old were you when you got it? Why did you want that bag? V: Yellow Louis Vuitton Petit Noe in Epi leather!! I was around 17 or 18, I was on holiday in San Francisco, and I had been wanting a Louis Vuitton bag—any Louis Vuitton...  

0 0 Loving This Week: Fall's Best Clogs + a New Byredo Scent I'm probably biased by my San Francisco location, but I find that intriguing. It is gender-neutral and features notes of amberette, coconut water, patchouli, cocoa absolu, and wild musk. The heavily pleated, yet oddly sleek, sleeves on this sweater give it an old-school look. Like seriously...  

0 0 UGG Collective Launches for Fall Delivering more than $1 billion in annual sales, UGG® partners with the best retailers globally and owns over 130 concept and outlet stores worldwide in key markets including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. Tags: 2017, Autumn, boots,...  

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