Book – Current Practices and Trends in Technical and Professional Communication

This week, the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators published a book, called Current Practices and Trends in Technical and Professional Communication. Cherryleaf’s Ellis Pratt is one of its co-authors.   “Technical and professional communicators are experts in making complex systems and worlds understandable to those who need to access them. However, both the concepts… Read more »

Review: Modern Technical Writing by Andrew Etter

Andrew Etter has written a short, Kindle ebook called “Modern Technical Writing: An Introduction to Software Documentation“. The book is Andrew’s personal view of technical communication, based on his experience of being a technical communicator in Silicon Valley. It neatly describes the “Docs-like-code” approach to technical writing, and it challenges the impulse to write about everything…. Read more »

The Language of Technical Communication book has been released

The Language of Technical Communication book is a collaborative effort with fifty-two contributors defining the terms that form the core of technical communication as it is practiced today. Cherryleaf’s Ellis Pratt was one of the contributors. Each contributed term has a concise definition, an importance statement, and an essay that describes why technical communicators need to know… Read more »

A 2015 book list for Technical Communicators

Two years ago, we asked which books should Technical Authors read, and we received some great responses. It’s always worth revisiting this topic, so please let us know what we should add to this list: Author Experience: Bridging the gap between people and technology in content management; Rick Yagodich Best Practices for Technical Writers and… Read more »

Book review: Every Page is Page One

There’s a joke in education along the lines that students are taught the notes their teachers wrote down at university 20 years earlier…without going through the heads of either. I mention this because there have been a number of technical communicators who have started to question the technical writing best practices that have been taught… Read more »