The Future of Content Publishing or What I’ve Learned at the Evolution of TC

This year I had a marvelous opportunity to attend the Evolution of TC conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is an annual international event for all technical communicators with a focus on innovations in software documentation. Being a place for technical writers, information developers, translators, and everyone who is interested in technical communication, it gives an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas, learn new tendencies and trends, as well as grow network. Continue reading

How ETC 2017 Showed me that TechComm Rocks!

Technical writers are first of all writers. They are constantly searching for the Castalian Spring trying to fill the Grail of their thirsty mind and soul with the wine of inspiration. That is the gift and that is the curse of the creative people. Sometimes the routine tasks, lack of support, or the technical and communication gaps demotivate the technical writers, and they start wandering around looking for the silver lining. I experienced the fall of enthusiasm but I found the right path to the Muses. It was a long road to Sofia, Bulgaria, where the ETC conference returned me my faith in TechComm.

Check how great ETC was: Evolution of TC

How did the 2-days event inspire me like a million of motivating books? Follow me in my stirring travel and get your portion of ETC: encouragement, talent, and creativity! Continue reading

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Future starts now?

Most of our clients’ needs have gone way beyond traditional single-sourcing scheme: write once, generate different outputs in different formats. Don’t get me wrong, we still are the proud owners of User Manuals and Help Systems. But.

Meeting the business demands, the companies have developed an internet of systems that require sophisticated and strategic information management from us, information professionals: CRM, Feedback Management, Support Center, Help Systems, Knowledge Base, embedded user assistance, and packages of miscellaneous documentation.

That’s the reality, but what’s next? The amount of the information is exciting, and some experts envisage that the excitement will turn into shock pretty soon.

The article written by Ray Gallon and Andy McDonald lets you visualize the information management and helps stay prepared.

Meet and greet – age of molecular information is here?

5 TechComm Conferences Not to Miss in 2017

We all have different relationships with Technical Communication. For some of us it’s just started as love at first sight, for others it has been a long term relationship based on love and commitment. But all of us have been waiting for this perfect moment to be asked the question: Are you ready to carry out your New Year resolution and learn something new, grow professionally, and broaden your horizons? If yes, then pack your bags and make some room for good knowledge as the TechComm society prepared something astonishing for you in 2017. Conferences! Because everybody loves conferences, right?

Here is a list of some must-visits in 2017 located in Europe.

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How to get started with Markdown and where to try it out

Insightful article covering the following important aspects:

  • What is Markdown?
  • How and where to get started with Markdown in documentation?
  • What points to consider?

All things considered, let’s put it that way:

Whereas Markdown is much simpler than HTML or any other markup language, it may introduce a lot of mess to documentation with complicated structure.
On the other hand, it may be quite enough to create simple docs (like, say, Release Notes) on a project.

What do you think?

Source: How to get started with Markdown and where to try it out