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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 ...

Techcomm experts reveal their three most favorite writing tools

Sabine Stoye, technical communicator at parson, recently participated in an exciting survey. Ferry Vermeulen's one and only question was: If you could use just three technical writing tools in your company, which ones should you use?

Ferry Vermeulen (INSTRKTIV) asked 70 Techcomm experts. The list of names is impressive and looks like the Who's Who in technical communication. The top ten tools are at the end of the article. DITA (if you include oXygen) ranks second, which pleases us a lot.

http://instrktiv.com/en/technical-writing-tools/

What are your three favorite writing tools?

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