The user manual in advertising

A photo of a mid-1980s ledger application for the IBM PC. The ad copy stated: “For the introduction of the IBM PC, we designed the packages and software manual, creating, instead of the industry’s usual cheap plastic binders, hard-bound linen covers and slipcovers in pastel colors to stress cultural elegance and personal values.” Spotted in… Read more »

Basics of Technical Authoring self-study training course page goes “live”

We’ve just uploaded the files and activated the Buy link for “Basics of Technical Authoring – a self paced, home study training course“. In other words, we can now take orders from people wanting to purchase it. This course teaches general, basic technical authoring principles and writing approaches suitable to user documents. It describes the… Read more »

Give me your technical writers yearning to breathe free

We’ve two clients, one in France and the other in Denmark, willing to hire US American and Canadian technical writers who have the skills they need. Salaries are up to $150,000 pa. There are approximately 1,500,000 Americans of Danish origin or descent,according to Wikipedia, so this could be a homecoming of sorts. See the Vacancies… Read more »

Trends in Technical Communication – Peering into the crystal ball

I’m starting to think about a conference presentation I have been asked to make later this year. Sometimes, our talks are about “big picture” issues, such as “what makes a good technical author?” or “what’s the value of documentation?”, and I’m currently considering whether I should talk about the future trends in technical communication. The… Read more »