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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 ...

My first time at tekom

I got back from Stuttgart last night and it is safe to say that after three days of action-packed presentations, writing an article is not in the realm of possibilities right now as I try to connect one synapse with another. more ...

The parson mug prize draw #4. Congratulations to the winners

In which city was the parson mug photographed, we asked at the beginning of September. more ...

Report from the oXygen User Meetup

The oXygen users meetup took place in Munich on November 17. It was a great success. George Bina and Radu Coravu informed and entertained the attentive user group the entire day. Talks were given in English, and we hardly ever heard anyone speak German during the breaks either.

The presentations were very technical. They were primarily aimed at developers who customize oXygen to the needs of technical writers or integrate the tool into content management systems. oXygen offers a variety of possibilities, which are only gateways to the infinite oXygen world. Several companies demonstrated their customized systems in which oXygen was barely recognizable. 

At the meeting, oXygen was described as a cookbook with a huge variety of ingredients. Almost every function can be adapted, even during runtime. The editor view can be optimized with CSS.  Enhancements in oXygen allow for condition-based formatting and let you create data entry forms that are both interactive and look pretty. Using scripts and build tools, you can create an individual and automatic information network.

oXygen offers more features than a Swiss army knife. That makes it even more difficult to explain this flexible tool. But several webinars and an excellent customer support make that possible. George and Radu answered every single question. They also did not mind that many guests did not want to leave when the conference was over.

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