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Communication in Technology Transfer and Diffusion: Defining the Field   (peer-reviewed)   (members only)

Provides an introduction to our field’s connections with technology transfer and diffusion. Technology transfer, the complex social process that moves technology from bench to market, drives global economic growth; technology diffusion, the market-driven process by which innovations are adopted and implemented, follows similar patterns. Indeed, technology transfer and diffusion may be considered synonymous with the phenomenon of growth in a global economy.

Coppola, Nancy W. Technical Communication Quarterly (2006). Articles>Communication>Technology>Technical Writing

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A Curmudgeon's Guide to Computer Documentation

Is documentation a bad word? It is if you’re the Curmudgeon, a character I invented, who some say bears an amazing resemblance to … me.

West, Mike. MBWest.com. Articles>Documentation>Technology>Technical Writing

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David Pogue's Secret Weapon: Patience  (link broken)

New York Times gadget guy David Pogue, a former Broadway orchestra conductor and MacWorld back-page columnist, is probably the world's most widely read and watched tech product reviewer. As a fellow contributor to the Times, I can confirm that anything Pogue writes pulls down several times as many page views as my most popular work. How does he do it?

Boutin, Paul. Industry Standard (2009). Articles>Technology>Writing>Technical Writing

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The Golden Rules  (link broken)   (PDF)

Sometimes we focus so much on tools and technologies that we forget the underlying theory of basic, good technical writing. Yes, there are basic laws of technical writing which remain intact despite the constant changes in the way we produce documentation or the way users access it. Whether you are writing a printed user guide, an online reference manual, or context-sensitive online help, these same basic laws apply. I call these basic laws my 'golden rules' for producing effective user documentation and eliminating sloppy habits. This workshop covers each rule in detail, plus provides practical tips for applying them.

Guren, Leah. STC Proceedings (1998). Articles>Writing>Technology>Technical Writing

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It's Not the Tool, It's the Writer

This blog post ponders whether or not technical communicators are sometimes too enamoured with the tools, and because of that lose sight of what's best for the reader.

DMN Communications (2008). Articles>TC>Technical Writing>Technology

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Mastering Content Strategy: Technical Editing and the Digital Universe

Andrea J. Wenger says technical editors are ideally suited for optimizing content for multiple outputs.

Wenger, Andrea. Corrigo (2012). Articles>Technology>Technical Editing>Writing

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Must-Follow Trends for Tech Writers

Changes are so massive, so fast, and coming from so many directions that it is impossible to keep up. Still, it’s important to try. For anything that applies to IT applies to tech writing. Writers must be know something about everything and be ready for it. We’re going to have to specialize and collaborate more than ever before.

Norris, Julie. 2moro Docs (2009). Articles>Writing>Technical Writing>Technology

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#37021

Technical Writer Discovers the Joys of Virtual Machines

Imagine this: You need your own private configuration of a couple of servers running on a specific operating system, so that you can document the awesome ways that the servers and apps talk to each other. Setting them up is a pain and takes a lot of time. Besides which, there’s the minor problem that your own computer runs a different operating system. What if someone could simply copy a folder from their machine to yours, and you could click a couple of buttons to say: Take that setup, make it mine and let me run it from here on in. That’s what a VM (virtual machine) does for you.

Akinci, Ugur. Technical Communication Center (2010). Articles>Documentation>Technical Writing>Technology

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Technology Transfer: An Unparalleled Opportunity for Technical Writing Professionals   (peer-reviewed)   (members only)

This nation does not effectively transfer expensively acquired knowledge into cost-effective, labor-saving tools and processes.

Roberts, Suzanne S. IEEE PCS (1991). Articles>Knowledge Management>Technical Writing>Technology Transfer

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Virtualization and the Technical Writer

A few thoughts about the technology of virtualization and how technical communicators can use it.

Nesbitt, Scott. DMN Communications (2010). Articles>Computing>Technology>Technical Writing

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Who Makes The Most Money - Technical Writers with Strong Language or Deep Technical Skills?

I think there is more money if you have deep technical knowledge rather than strong writing skills.

Walsh, Ivan. I Heart Technical Writing (2010). Articles>Writing>Technical Writing>Technology

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Writing Technical Articles

Some advice on writing articles about technology (and other topics) for a mass audience.

Nesbitt, Scott. ScottNesbitt.net (2008). Articles>Writing>Technology>Technical Writing

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#34713

Writing Technically: Bad Docs Rarely Mean Bad Sales

Technical writing is a cost activity, not a revenue or a profit activity.

Basu, Anindita. Writing Technically (2009). Articles>Documentation>Technical Writing>Technology

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New Challenge: Learning DITA. “I DITA know that!”  new!

Tech writing has evolved into something quite different from what it was ten years ago when I first contemplated entering the field. It used to be that an English major and mastery of a style guide was enough to land a tech writing job, but these days employers are looking for technical expertise to go along with good writing and editing. I perused many of the job listings and found that knowledge of structured authoring and DITA are top preferences among employers in the technical writing field. So that’s why I set about to write a series of brief articles explaining what I’ve learned about DITA and how much I need to know in order to land a tech writing job.

Logan, Lisa. Carolina Communique (2014). Articles>Technology>Technical Writing>DITA

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