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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 ...

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This is just one of the mistakes we Germans sometimes make in English. Others are: We drank two beer. That are good news.

Don't worry. We always drink two beers. Or better: two glasses of beer. And that is good news or bad news.

But technical writers are far from being perfect. Every day, we fight the little grammar gremlins that sneak in and stick like chewing gum on the shoe sole.

Current example: training. We offer in-house trainings, I recently read. Training, however, is one of these uncountable words, just like information, advice, or luggage.

I guess it's tempting for German speakers to add -s to training. The correct way is: We offer in-house training. We could also offer in-house training events.

The Merriam Webster Learner 's Dictionary provides more examples:

  • The job requires special training.
  • She owes her flexibility to her early training as a dancer .
  • He received training in first aid.

More at http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/training.

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