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iiRDS – How a Novice Sees the Information Delivery Standard

Lately, the newly developed tekom standard iiRDS has gained quite some attention. The next exciting step will be the release of version 1.0, which will be released soon. Requesting and delivering intelligent information as a standardized approach between individual enterprises is a pioneering step in the Internet of Things – but let’s rewind a little. more ...

Pets at the office. Part I: Molly

The atmosphere at our office is always good, but when Molly is there, it gets even better. Molly is good for us. more ...

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 ...

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 ...

Impressions from the Doku+Medien Forum

As a member of DokuNord, parson communication took part in the annual techcom conference "Doku+Medien Forum", which took place on Feb 19. Like last year, the conference was a huge success. Here are a few impressions:

Developing Pictograms

Have you ever tried to draw a drilling machine that does not like your hairdryer? We have. But first we listened to Thomas Emrich's interesting presentation about the methods and the history of developing pictograms.

Developing pictograms. parson@Doku+Medien-Forum 2013

No risk, no fun? How risk management can prevent expensive surprises

Technical documentation projects are often managed under time pressure. Before we plan our project we should ask ourselves: What are the risks? How great are they? What strategies and methods can we apply to manage the risks? And how much does risk management cost? Isabelle Fleury's presentation was well-structured and enlightening.

Adobe® Technical Communication Suite 4 – What's New?

Among many other improvements, the new TCS now comes with Illustrator instead of Photoshop. RoboHelp supports HTML5 and mobile device output. 

The Challenges of Implementing a Project Idea in the Service Field

How do you make user manuals, data sheets, repair instructions, travel reports, etc., available to all your service staff? Dr. Jutta Nübel of Tognum AG explained how knowledge and information can successfully be managed in a big mechanical engineering company.

Chaotic Wiki vs. Structured Authoring

Ulrike Parson's talk focused on linking and providing knowledge in organizations. She presented concepts that employ forms, meta data and relations to successfully create a structured corporate wiki. Prezi.

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