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Soft Skills of a Technical Writer

What soft skills should technical writers have when they start their career? Linguistic and technical understanding is important in our profession. So are the soft skills - just like in any other job. 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 ...

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 ...

Impressions from tcworld 2017

Part 1: Improvisation, fluff hunt, and videos for technical documentation. more ...

How to write API documentation

When APIs are developed, documentation often comes last. It is squeezed in when the deadline is near or in jeopardy. And quite often, the software developer, already working overtime, fixing bugs, making last-minute changes, is asked to write it.

There are developers who can both: code and write. But most likely the developer is much better at coding than at writing. And honestly – many developers do not enjoy writing documentation.

I have found little information on the Internet on how to write good API documentation. When I finally came across this excellent MSDN article by Peter Gruenbaum, I was delighted.

We also started to write down our own thoughts and concepts. See Ulrike Parson's article Documentation for Software Engineers.

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