Monthly Archives: November 2013

Style in tech writing…again

I nearly spat out my coffee this morning as well as regurgitating yesterday’s supper, dinner, and lunch. What is it with the entries in Wikipedia about technical writing? It seems to be students with no concept of the profession who … Continue reading

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Aesthetics in technical writing

As tech writers we are concerned with usability, and this usually means making sure we include everything a user needs to know in a concise manner and with enough white spacing on a page to make the content readable. We … Continue reading

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The trials and tribulations of getting input from SMEs

Q – how do you tell the difference between a mathematician, a scientist, and an engineer? A – you ask them ‘what does 2 plus 2 equal?’ The mathematician will say: ‘4’ The scientist will say: ‘the evidence points to … Continue reading

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Book review: Decoded by Phil Barden

I know I have previously made disparaging remarks about people working in marketing (I think I said they brush their teeth with Colombian marching powder), but their profession and skills are something we infringe upon from time to time. In … Continue reading

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Book review: For Who The Bell Tolls by David Marsh

The subtitle of this book is One man’s quest for grammatical perfection which I think is a little disingenuous; that is not quite what the book is about. The book is more a diligent look at the some of the supposed rules … Continue reading

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