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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 ...

"UA Europe" Impressions #1

Kraków is a beautiful town and – centrally located in the heart of Europe – the perfect place for the conference. There are participants from more than twenty countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Germany, Great Britain ...

 

The talks focus on mobile help and general technical documentation topics.

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Dave Gash presented an overview on HTML5, and I learned a new phrase: "pave the cowpaths". This principle is often applied on campuses. You look where the students form the paths and then formalize (pave) them.

 

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The HTML5 semantic elements are based on the same logic. If there is a widespread way for web designers to accomplish a task, it should be codified in HTML5. W3C has defined, for example, semantic tags for div tags like header, nav, section, and aside. See http://www.w3.org/TR/html-design-principles/#pave-the-cowpaths.

 

More information about the UA Europe: http://www.uaconference.eu/.

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