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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 ...

"UA Europe" Impressions #2

Last Friday was my turn. I gave a talk about technical documentation in agile software development projects.

Agile methods are established by now. Most people in the audience already worked with them. So I skipped the theoretical part and went over to the woes of documentation in agile projects, for instance, the time pressure due to the many meetings. Often, a technical writer is not assigned to only one scrum team but to three or four. An interesting exchange with colleagues and a superb conference.

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

 

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