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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 ...

The parson mug prize draw #5

It is winter in Hamburg and Christmas is right around the corner. Meanwhile, the parson mug gets to enjoy the sun! 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 ...

XML London 2015. Interesting topics and the new oXygen

Last weekend, I attended the XML London Conference. For me, it was the first time.

Surprisingly, I saw many known faces. The XML world is smaller than I thought. And that's what makes this conference so pleasant. It covered exciting topics around XML, XSL, XPro, etc. Many of the presentations had references to documentation, such as DITA, DocBook, and semantic technologies like RDF. At the oXygen user meeting, which took place the day before, the new oXygen 17 was presented. George Bina and his colleagues are always willing to give advice to technical writers. They also always have some new exciting project in the pipeline. I already look forward to the next release.

 

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