The ContentHug interviews

I was asked to take part in the ContentHug series of interviews on technical communication and content strategy. .@ellispratt shares his thoughts on technical communication: http://t.co/pTZjRLm9PU #techcomm — Vinish Garg (@vingar) September 21, 2015 It was fun and challenging, going through the questions. ContentHug’s Vinish Garg is interviewing a number of consultants involved in technical communication… Read more »

Ellis will be speaking at MadWorld 2016

Cherryleaf’s Ellis Pratt will be speaking again at MadCap Software’s conference on technical communication and content strategy conference. MadWorld 2016 will be held between the 10th and 12th April 2016 at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, in San Diego, California.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) for content

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an increasingly popular technique used in the construction industry. It involves creating XML digital models of buildings and tunnels during each stage of a project. However, these are more than just 3D animated models, as they also embed information about physical objects in the building. According to Wikipedia: “A building owner… Read more »

Teachers need content management systems, too

The Guardian has an article today called “Teachers and parents criticise ‘robotic’ software-generated school reports“. It explains teachers are finding report writing software isn’t meeting their needs: “It often frustrated as none of the options would quite capture what he wanted to say about a child and the end product was never satisfactory.” It states, as… Read more »

Is it possible for Technical Authors to write content more quickly?

Approximately 50% of a Technical Author’s day is spent writing. However, when Technical Publications teams look for efficiencies, they tend to focus on the 50% of time spent on non-writing activities, such as researching, reviewing and planning. They assume the content itself cannot be written more quickly. To an extent, they are right, as the querty qwerty keyboard… Read more »