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0 0 Recording of User-Centered Design Principles for Organizing DocumentationThe Write the Docs community now has a podcast available. The podcast follows a discussion-based format with several co-hosts talking about recent articles or topics related to tech comm. The podcast is available on almost every podcast platform. You can view the new Write the Docs podcast...  

0 0 Technical Writing Trends and Predictions for 2017My 2016 technical writing trends/predictions turned out to be pretty accurate. For 2017 technical writing trends, I'm predicting that more technical writers turn to Github in their documentation workflows. This trend applies mainly to companies where programming technical writers work with...  

0 0 Write the Docs Podcast #3 - Trends for 2017In this episode of the Write the Docs podcast, we discuss top technical writing trends for 2017. Chris Ward discusses how more technical writers are interacting with support groups, and even being embedded within support departments. Jared Morgan discusses how docs are being planned for...  

0 0 Recording: Modern Technical Writing, by Andrew Etter (STC Silicon Valley chapter) can view the slides in PDF here: If you'd like more, you can also watch a similar presentation Andrew gave to the Write the Docs San Francisco meetup here. Get new posts delivered straight to your inbox. Powered by ZipRecruiter I'm a technical writer based in the California San...  

0 0 Simplified Technical English and HyperSTE Powered by ZipRecruiter I'm a technical writer based in the California San Francisco Bay area. Topics I write about on this blog include technical writing, authoring and publishing tools, API documentation, tech comm trends, visual communication, technical writing career advice,...  

0 0 Swagger presentation recording -- Harnessing the Chi of Swagger in your REST API documentationRecently I gave a presentation on Swagger as part of the TC Dojo webinar series. If you missed the presentation, you can view the Swagger recording here. Here's a description of my Swagger presentation, which was titled "Harnessing the Chi of Swagger in your REST API documentation": Frequently...  

0 0 My top 3 posts of 2016 are all Swagger-related -- lessons learned from 2016 analyticsThis past year the stats on my blog showed some surprising results. From about mid-2016 on through the present, there was a notably upward trend in page views. I attribute the upward trend primarily to some posts on Swagger. The larger trend is that all top posts on my site could be classified...  

0 0 Our Wedding Solo Lisa In fact, I had an intense dream about watching a zombie apocalypse TV show in which the protagonist, a technical writer who lived in San Francisco, had to make her way home just as the zombie outbreak was starting. It was a full-on television pilot playing in my head! Walking Dead meets...  

0 0 Madcap Central -- a first look at Madcap's new cloud-based collaboration and publishing solutionMadcap Central, recently released in early January, is a new cloud-based collaboration and publishing solution for tech docs from Madcap Software. Madcap Central allows you to configure and deploy Flare builds from a central server. You can also manage tasks, teams, users, and other details...  

0 0 Adobe FrameMaker -- Evaluating FrameMaker's responsive HTML5 outputIf you look at the surveys and other data collected about tool usage and priorities in the technical communication field, it's impossible not to acknowledge FrameMaker as one of the most common tools. Year after year it appears at the top of the charts, and print publishing remains a high...  

0 0 How much code do you need to know to create API developer documentation?With developer documentation roles, some level of coding is required. But you don't need to know as much as developers, and acquiring that deep technical knowledge will usually cost you expertise in other areas. Get new posts delivered straight to your inbox. Powered by ZipRecruiter I'm a...  

0 0 Attend my upcoming TC Dojo presentation on Swagger on Jan 9, 2017I'm giving a TC Dojo presentation this Monday morning (Jan 9) on Swagger. If you're interested, you can register and attend for free. The event will also be recorded. In the spirit of a dojo, my presentation is called Harnessing the Chi of Swagger in Your API Docs. Here's the description:...  

0 0 TC Camp in Santa Clara to be held Jan 21, 2017TC Camp is holding its annual free unconference for Tech Comm on Jan. 21 in Santa Clara. TC Camp starts with morning workshops given by experts in the field for a nominal fee. The unconference follows, where attendees vote on the topics to be discussed. It's a great event for networking and...  

0 0 CHAPTER 10. THE LEGACY he like a president and she like a first lady, they lived in san francisco before relocating in the 80's to an urban suburb of west pittsburg, about 45 minutes outside of the city. this is where we grew up. gramma and grampa took care of all 14 grandchildren, collectively and individually in...  

0 0 Write the Docs Podcast Episode 2 (which Focuses on Findability) Now AvailableEpisode 2 in the Write the Docs podcast is now available. The topic of episode 2 is findability: How do you allow your users to find what they're looking for in your documentation? We talk about various tools for findability: search, tags, faceted filters, sidebar navigation, inline links,...  

0 0 Generalist versus specialist: What should you focus on with knowledge building in your tech writing role?I've been thinking about how I should focus my time with knowledge building in my tech writing career, especially given my context in a large organization. Lately, rather than primarily writing content, I've been playing more of a content curator / tools developer / publisher role. I'm okay...  

0 0 Updating a single page versus updating the documentation as a wholeThis past week I made some contributions to the Jekyll documentation, and in making the pull requests, I realized why technical writing is often so difficult. Making a request to one documentation topic often requires you to adjust other topics as well. So often we place the bar for...  

0 0 10 Things You Need to Know About Goyard's Iconic Handbag History 5 / 10 Until 2015, the only standalone Goyard boutique in America was in San Francisco. There's now one in New York, but with those two and a couple of store-in-store boutiques at Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys, there are fewer than half a dozen places to buy Goyard in person in the United...  

0 0 Things I Bought That I Love: Uniqlo HEATTECH Camisole I bought my first two HEATTECH camis when I visited London in 2008, then two more in New York in 2010, and another two in San Francisco a couple years ago. For less than $20 a pop, they really are the bee's knees because: The next time I'm tempted by the siren's call of a brand new...  

0 0 New podcast from the Write the Docs communityThe Write the Docs community now has a podcast available. The podcast follows a discussion-based format with several co-hosts talking about recent articles or topics related to tech comm. The podcast is available on almost every podcast platform. You can view the new Write the Docs podcast...  

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