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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 ...

Frank Ralf's Eclipse Tutorial Now Availabe for Download

How do you persuade software engineers to write technical documentation? By letting them stay in their (development) environment.

eclipse 800x188The integrated development environment Eclipse offers several tools, which not oly help software engineers create software documentation. They also make the work of technical writers easier. At the tekom conference 2014, Frank Ralf presented some of these tools: Javadoc, Mylyn WikiText, IBM Information Architecture Workbench, and oXygen.

Eclipse WikiText Konvertierung

You can download Frank Ralf's tekom presentation right here.

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