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The parson mug prize draw #5. Congratulations to the winners

In which country was the parson mug photographed, we asked at the beginning of December. more ...

RDF is not XML – RDF serialization and iiRDS metadata

The world of technical writing loves XML. Its document type definitions are the foundation of structured authoring. XML and the underlying schemas structure the content of our information products. The benefits are twofold. Content is consistently structured and easy to read. Authors have an easier time writing the content. The structure provides guidelines for authoring. more ...

The parson mug prize draw #5

It is winter in Hamburg and Christmas is right around the corner. Meanwhile, the parson mug gets to enjoy the sun! more ...

How to become a technical writer – Confessions of a former translator

A former translator, I worked the first seven years of my professional life in the translation industry, in various positions. While I learned a lot from this experience, it also left me, as a writer, frustrated. Translators are chained to their source text and writing the words of others in another language, usually focusing on what their clients want. more ...

tekom impressions part 2: API documentation and the VUKA world

Daniela Herbold and Ulrike Parson write about better API documentation and solutions for innovative human resources management. more ...

FrameMaker Tips & Tricks 2: From FrameMaker into Word

In some projects it is useful to generate Word documents for subject matter experts – to collect input and to review comments.

Not only is tracking changes in Word very well suited for visualizing changes and comments, is it also widely accepted. Unfortunately, FrameMaker crashes sometimes if the document to be exported to Word is too large or if it contains images. So I searched the Internet and got inspired by a side note in one of the Adobe blogs, suggesting a "detour": FrameMaker->PDF->Word. I tried – and was surprised how well it worked. The Word export from Adobe Acrobat Professional is excellent; it even converts the images properly.

Of course, this way is only suitable if you convert single chapters on demand and if you edit the input/feedback before integrating it into your documents. But it is a useful workaround when FrameMaker refuses to export the contents to RTF.

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