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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 ...

Prize draw: The travelling parson cup #2

Again, the parson mug was on the road! First it was only an office accessory. Now, it has become a jetsetter. A small cup's journey around the world.

From the beautiful lake Garda, the mug travelled to the lovely country named...well, wouldn't you like to know?

Since this country is not as well-known as Italy, we will give you three hints:

  • It is in Asia.
  • Its formuer ruler had many children. We are talking about a lot - more than Angelina Jolie and Mick Jagger together
  • The people are well-known for their hospitality.

 Tasse auf Reisen parson 2.1Where is the parson-cup? (Picture: Sabine Stoye)

Tasse auf Reisen parson 2.2Where is the parson-cup? (Picture: Sabine Stoye)

By the way, our mug liked this country so much - it stayed there!

If you know where the parson mug has found its new home and if you also live in Germany, we invite you to participate in our prize draw and win your own parson mug! Four times a year, we publish a picture of our travelling cup and three lucky winners are choosen.

Switch to German and win!

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