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Accelerated Authoring @ Method M

The Method M blog for technical writers, marketing staff, product managers and others who spend hours each week creating documents. This blog is dedicated to helping you work more efficiently and create better documents.

Reichman, Katriel. Method M (2007). Resources>Documentation>Technical Writing>Blogs

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Alltop - Top Technical Writing News

An RSS feed aggregator/amalgamator which permits visitors to browse recent posts to 31 influential technical writing blogs (including the TC Library).

Alltop. Resources>Directories>Writing>Technical Writing

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The Art of Technical Communication

Blog on technology and its meaning. Explores different themes and techniques in technical communication and rhetoric.

Schwarcz, Mati. Art of Technical Communication, The (2008). Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Blogs

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At Random

Rhonda Bracey's blog, with some posts specifically on technical writing.

Bracey, Rhonda. At Random. Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Blogs

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The Benefits of Good Technical Documentation

In today's complex global economy, good technical documentation is essential. We have all been frustrated when it is lacking -- when we can't find what we need in an owner's manual, when on-line help is no help at all, when newsletter articles are confusing, when installation instructions are incomplete, or when we can't find what we need on a web site.

Winzig Consulting Services, LLC (1999). Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Technical Writing

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beyondwords

Beyondwords is an online space for professional writers to share, create, learn, and explore what it means to be a part of the professional writing community.

beyondwords. Resources>Business Communication>Technical Writing>Blogs

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Bibliography of Articles on the History of Technical Writing   (peer-reviewed)   (members only)

This collection of thirty-six articles exposes the problem and the promise of historical research in technical writing. The central problem is that historical research in technical writing has too often been focused only on celebrated authors or scientists as technical writers. The central promise contained in some very recent essays is that historical research in technical communications is beginning to consider the slow evolution of technical communication taking place across a broad spectrum of both celebrated and uncelebrated writers. This historical approach, though more difficult to carry out, is immensely more accurate and meaningful.

Brockmann, R. John. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication (1983). Resources>Bibliographies>Technical Writing>History

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Blog on Technical Writing, Usability, and More

Suman Kumar's weblog on technical writing, usability, tips, tricks and more!

Kumar, Suman. Blogspot. Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Blogs

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The Changing Face of Technical Publications: Aberdeen Group's Topic-Based Authoring and Customization Strategy Guide

Often conflicting pressures to produce communications that better fit customer demands as well as stay within tightening constraints on budgets and schedules are leading many technical communications organizations to a topic-based approach to authoring. In fact, 58% of participants in Aberdeen Group's October 2008 DITA and the Technical Communicator’s Transformation study report that they currently follow author content in a topic-based manner, with a vast majority of those remaining planning to implement one in the future. A topic-based approach promotes greater content reuse and is seeing a considerable impact on the authoring efficiency of technical communications projects today. The benefits of topic-based authoring can be compelling, with findings from the The Technical Communicator’s Transformation study indicating that when pursued the right way, topic-based authoring can have a broad range of benefits, enabling an organization to meet authoring and localization cost targets as well as documentation quality expectations, among others. However, as the adoption of this approach spreads, the advantages seen by today's leading organizations will flatten out. This Sector Insight provides a guide for current adoption of topic-based authoring and those still considering it; outlining the changes that are expected to take place in as topic-based authoring goes mainstream.

Jackson, Chad and David Houlihan. Aberdeen Group (2008). Resources>Documentation>Information Design>Technical Writing

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Cherryleaf Technical Authors' Blog

A blog about the experiences of technical authors.

Cherryleaf. Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Blogs

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College Writing Assessment: Online Community and Resources

College Writing Assessment is a website containing research and information on the evolving field of teaching of technical communication at the college level. It will include the results of our yearly assessments at New Jersey Institute of Technology, changing technical communication criteria, and our collaborations with other institutions.

New Jersey Institute of Technology (2005). Resources>Education>Assessment>Technical Writing

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CompPile

An ongoing online index of twentieth-century publications in post-secondary composition, rhetoric, ESL, and technical writing.

Haswell, Rich. CompPile. Resources>Bibliographies>Rhetoric>Technical Writing

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comunicare la tecnica

Il manualista è un blog per redattori tecnici, manualisti e technical writer. Gli argomenti sono: formazione, terminologia, norme, grafica, metodi e software.

Herkner, Erik. comunicare la tecnica (2007). (Italian) Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Blogs

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Crazy for Words

This site is for anyone who is interested in technical writing, proofreading, creative writing, or teaching.

Leigh, Heather. Crazy for Words (2007). Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Blogs

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The Creative Tech Writer

The Creative Tech Writer is a work in progress, loosely centered around the art and craft of technical writing as it applies to a variety of fields, and vice versa.

Berger, Jenny L. Creative Tech Writer, The. Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Blogs

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DocuMentorG Columns

Columns on technical writing. Continuation of the column written from 2001-03 for IT People.

Kamath, Gurudutt R. Topica (2004). Resources>Mailing Lists>Writing>Technical Writing

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Don't Call Me Tina

Scott Adams created a character named Tina the tech writer for his comic strip Dilbert. She’s brittle, humorless, literal, and wonders why she doesn’t get any respect or interesting work. Like many caricatures, Tina has a basis in reality. This blog will explore issues in technical communication and its professional association the Society for Technical Communication.

Harkness, Holly E. Don't Call Me Tina (2008). Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Blogs

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GuysBlog

A weblog of a California technical communicator interested in the Society for Technical Communication, programming, software, software standards, United Methodism, theology, genealogy, puns....

Haas, Guy K. TypePad.com. Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Blogs

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Harry Miller's Technical Writing Blog

Podcasts about documentation, technical writing, and technical editing.

Miller, Harry. Microsoft. Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Podcasting

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HelpScribe Technical Writing

HelpScribe Technical Communication offers tips on writing technical manuals, help authoring, software documentation, and managing a TC career.

HelpScribe (2008). Resources>TC>Technical Writing>Blogs

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I Heart Tech Docs

A technical writing/technical communication weblog with tips, tools and templates for technical writers.

Walsh, Ivan. I Heart Tech Docs (2003). Resources>Documentation>Blogs>Technical Writing

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Info Developer

I like to use software applications. I like to help people figure out how to use stuff. I like to write. I am a technical writer.

Info Developer. Resources>Writing>Technical Writing>Blogs

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Infotechwriter

Technical Communication is a broad term which includes technical writing, instructional designing, graphics, website designing or any form of communication which helps in communicating the technical information in a simpler way to the targeted user. This also includes audio tapes, video films and micro clips.

Malik, Suman Lata. Tripod.com (2007). Resources>TC>Writing>Technical Writing

 
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