Explaining complicated stuff using simple words

Randall Munroe’s latest book Thing Explainer will be released tomorrow. In the book, Munroe uses line drawings and only the thousand most common words to provide simple explanations for complicated objects. It’s good practice to use words that are commonly understood. In some industries, Technical Authors have to write using only a limited list of approved words  (a “controlled… Read more »

Dates for our next advanced technical writing & new trends course

Here are the dates for our next advanced technical writing & new trends course: The next public classroom course will be held on 28th January 2016, at our training centre in central London (SW7). A live Web course, for delegates based outside the UK, will be held on 6 & 7 January 2016 (2 x 3… Read more »

All our online courses – at a discounted, bundle price

You can now sign up for all of Cherryleaf’s popular online training courses at a discounted price! This bundle provides you with access to: Cherryleaf’s Technical Author/Technical Writing online training course DITA fundamentals Single sourcing and content reuse training course Introduction to Content Strategy course By purchasing this bundle, you’ll save £180 ex VAT. That’s a… Read more »

Using Markdown to create a boilerplate document for reports and proposals

Following on from our post Cutting and pasting content into Word documents – Is there a better way?, we’ve been looking at how organisations could use Markdown to create reports and proposals more quickly and consistently. The objective was to: Create something simple for non-technical people to use. Have a collection of re-usable chunks of content that… Read more »

Stack Overflow is moving into documentation (get the popcorn)

Stack Overflow, a collaboratively edited question and answer site for programmers, has announced its plans to add documentation to the site: “Lately we’ve been asking ourselves “what else could we do to improve developers’ lives on the internet?”. Jeff’s original announcement of Stack Overflow said this: There’s far too much great programming information trapped in forums,… Read more »