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Understanding the Value of Modular Content Reuse by Examining User-Generated Music Mashups  (link broken)

In the field of technical communication, practitioners are being challenged to adapt to a completely new approach to creating documentation and user-assistance materials. In this rapidly-changing arena, traditional content production practices are being replaced with modular, topic-based content production practices that allow organizations to recombine content elements—often automatically or on-demand—into new, derivative products.

Content Wrangler, The (2009). Articles>Content Management>Single Sourcing>Audio


Up-To-Date Replay Facilities for Obsolete Mechanical Recording Formats   (PDF)

Obsolete mechanical formats forma major part of archives’ holdings, Once a format has passed into obsolescence, there is virtually no commercial development in replay facilities, and the system as such dies. The paper discusses the fundamental principles of mechanical recording and replay as well as the latest constructions for replaying historical discs and cylinders - commercial and non-commercial. An Aaliendum gives simple instructions to the archive having only an occasional need to replay historical formats.

Brock-Nannestad, George. STC Proceedings (1998). Articles>Multimedia>Online>Audio


Using Customized Sounds Effectively

Learn about the advantages of, as well as common tools for creating customizable sounds.

Microsoft (2002). Design>Accessibility>Software>Audio


Voice-Enable Your Web Page with Multimodal 4.3.2

Become fluent in X+V, today's versatile Web markup language (WML). X+V, short for XHTML+Voice, is a Web markup language that is comprised of voice and visual elements used for developing multimodal applications. This article provides the novice developer of Multimodal X+V, Web pages, and handheld devices with a process for creating and testing an X+V application. This article uses the IBM® Multimodal Toolkit 4.3.2 running on WebSphere® Studio Site Developer (Site Developer) or on WebSphere Studio Application Developer (Application Developer) 5.1.2.

Celi, Miriam. IBM (2005). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Audio


Webcasts: Boon or Bust?  (link broken)

The literature on managing virtual teams and projects across cultures and locations is primarily theoretical and not integrated with information about collaborative tools such as wikis, blogs, and project dashboards. The authors advocate choosing the best situational tool, based on team and team members' needs.

Pappas, Lisa. Tieline (2007). Articles>Multimedia>Audio>Podcasting


What We Do Best

This lecture describes the need for the field to clarify how we represent ourselves and think about ourselves.

Bernhardt, Stephen A. CPTSC Proceedings (1996). Presentations>Lectures>Streaming>Audio


What’s the Best Microphone for Screencasting?

The other week I visited Performance Audio in downtown Salt Lake to see what recommendations they had for microphones. The clerk asked me what audio interface I was using. I said I was just plugging my mixer directly into the computer. He looked shocked and said no matter how good of a microphone I bought, the real increase in performance would come with an audio interface.

Johnson, Tom H. I'd Rather Be Writing (2009). Articles>Multimedia>Audio>Screencasting


'Where The Hell Did I Put It?': Users in Heterogeneous Communications Environments Negotiating the Production, Distribution and Archiving of Knowledge Objects

A qualitative glance at how people in contemporary, heterogeneous communications environments--especially those involved in collaborative enterprises--were handling multiple communication events and the incoming and outgoing products of their communications, for example, texts, files, e-texts parked on shared file servers, e-texts parked on a user's hard-disk, web pages and useful http addresses, all of those sorts of things.

Wilkes, Gilbert Vanburen IV. EServer (1998). Presentations>Lectures>Streaming>Audio


A Writer's Thoughts about Technical Writing, Part 2

I have recorded episodes with two of the writers on the Microsoft VSTO UE team (McLean and Norm), and here is the third writer, Brett Samblanet. We talked about the writing process, how Brett became a writer, how school prepared him for his work, and the importance of being able to communicate well and to take criticism.

Miller, Harry. Microsoft (2006). Articles>Writing>Technical Writing>Audio



Audacity is a popular sound recorder and audio editor. It is a capable program while still being easy to use. The majority of users are on Windows but the same Audacity source code compiles to run on Linux and Mac too.

Crook, James. Architecture of Open Source Applications, The (2013). Articles>Software>Audio>Open Source



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