Microsoft launches its new documentation site, and it’s very good

Microsoft has announced the preview release of its documentation service, https://docs.microsoft.com, which currently provides content for its Enterprise Mobility products. “We interviewed and surveyed hundreds of developers and IT Pros and sifted through your website feedback over the years on UserVoice. It was clear we needed to make a change and create a modern web experience… Read more »

The return of Clippy?

Are we seeing the the spiritual child of Clippy emerge? Truth Labs’s Stelios Constantinides has written an article on his experiments with conversational UIs. Conversational user interfaces (CUIs) are a spoken or written way of interacting with a device. CUIs aren’t completely new, but they’re becoming smarter, more natural, and — therefore — more useful. Here’s where CUIs come in:… Read more »

API documentation design patterns

One of the current developments in technical communication is the development of a common way to present API documentation. At present, there are a number of different design patterns that organisations are using, but, as with many things, there seems to be a desire to establish a de facto standard. One part of this has… Read more »

Adapting to change in technical communication

Technical Authors work in a profession where they must be able to adapt to changes in the technology sector. Often, the changes relate to the outputs they need to create or the authoring tools they use, and most Technical Authors adapt quite easily to the new situations. However, sometimes there are also changes to writing styles or the… Read more »

Five predictions for technical communication in 2016 and beyond

It’s not quite 2016 yet, but here are our five predictions for technical communication in 2016 and beyond. Please note: You’ll find last year’s predictions here – Five predictions for technical communication in 2015 and beyond. We hope to explore these and other topics in more depth by hosting a number of webinars during 2016. We… Read more »