One of the most recent developments in web page design has been the introduction of “long form” web pages. Will we also see the long form approach used in Help, or perhaps start to influence the way some Help pages are designed?
We’ve been on the road in recent days and weeks, visiting different documentation teams, and we’ve found there are distinct signs of change. In this post, I’ll look at how we’re starting to see the workflow for creating User Assistance beginning to change.
We found many documentation teams overstretched and starting to be asked how they could create content for new products that were coming along. Some organisations have decided they can only deal with this extra workload if they rethink the workflow for how content is created.
We’ve been on the road in recent days and weeks, visiting different documentation teams, and we’ve found there are distinct signs of change.
In previous years, most documentation managers have effectively been saying to us their organisations weren’t really clear about the value of documentation. As the Technical Publications team usually amounts to less than 5% of the IT budget, the successful companies have, in the past, not worried about this and left the documentation team to work out for themselves what they should be doing. However, for organisations that have been watching every percent in the budget, they’ve reduced the spend on technical documentation to the bare minimum. Of course, in a recession that’s been quite a few companies.
We’ve scheduled another Advanced Technical Writing Techniques public course – on Monday 2nd December.
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This will be the last public course this year.
Google Glass, a wearable computer with a screen above the right eye, goes on sale in 2014. Glass is almost certainly going to be used to support maintenance and repair calls, providing technicians (and other types of user) with the ability to access manuals and discuss situations with remote colleagues.
So are your user manuals, and the other content users might need to access, compatible with Google Glass?
We’ve added a new date for our Trends in Technical Communication Workshop – Advanced Technical Writing Techniques course. It will be held on Tuesday 17 September 2013, in central London.
You can book a place via the webpage Trends in Technical Communication Workshop – Advanced Technical Writing Techniques.
There’s been quite a few blog posts recently by a variety of bloggers and companies about the current state of User Assistance (such as online Help) and possible ways it could be improved. We thought it might be useful to provide a summary of all the different ideas floating around.
The computer tablets used by the crew in Star Trek Next Generation seemed almost fanciful when we first saw the show, but, by next year, it’s predicted the majority of US households will own a tablet.
So what other technologies from Star Trek are we likely to see emerge that will affect how Technical Authors and other technical communicators assist users in the future?