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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 ...

What technical writers know. Or: What's the difference between taxonomy and ontology?

Every morning, when my coworker does his tie, he doesn't have to recall how to do it. He does it automatically without much thinking about it. When he later mounts his bycicle, he does not have to recall how to ride the bike.

He automatically keeps the balance and turns into the curve. That is what we call implicit knowledge. We acquire it by repeating the same thing over and over again. Implicit knowledge is not taught, not written down, and not verbalized. That's why it is difficult to share it.

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