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Old Time Radio Shows

Core Dump 2.0 - 4 hours 29 min ago

Here’s a vast collection of old radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The collection includes X Minus One, which featured much classic science fiction with stories by Robert A. Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Murray Leinster, Isaac Asimov, and many others. I remember listening to some of these when I was a child.

Unfortunately you can’t download the shows for offline listening, but they offer three players so you should be able to stream the ep (more)

Tech comm 2015 now on the map

ffeathers - a technical writer's blog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:39

Tech Comm on a Map now displays all the 2015 technical communication conferences that I’ve found so far. Take a look, and let me know if there are any more tech comm conferences, groups, businesses or societies to add.

Tech Comm on a Map puts technical communication titbits onto an interactive map, together with the data and functionality provided by Google Maps. It’s a great way of seeing what we tech writers are up to, around the world. To find out more about the project, or to add some (more)

New online SF magazine

Core Dump 2.0 - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:02

There’s a new online science fiction magazine, Terraform, part of Vice’s Motherboard online site. They plan on publishing new short stories each week starting with stories by veterans Cory Doctorow and Bruce Sterling.  It’s a good start.


Empathy in UX design and development

ffeathers - a technical writer's blog - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:44

A new theme is emerging in the UX (user experience) world: Empathy. Putting humanity into technology. Product designers want to ensure they have empathy with the users of their product. We in the tech world want to design for what people need and want, rather than for what’s new and shiny. I think technical writers can contribute to this discussion!

Last month I attended Web Directions South 2014, a conference for people who “design, imagine, create or build digital products, web sites and applications”. A strong them (more)

Dynamic content filtering with OxygenXML’s webhelp output - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:55

One of the little tricks I’ve implemented with OxygenXML is dynamic content filtering. Our product supports four different programming languages – Java, PHP, C++, and .NET. Rather than producing 4 separate outputs, I produce just one output and provide a content selector option in the header.

Here’s a demo in my DITA QRG site.

When you select an option in the upper-right corner, the content dyna (more)

“Float” – CSS Feature and Symbol of Change

Hyper/Word Services' Technology Blog - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:41

Ever since I started the Bleeding Edge session at the Society for Technical Communication Summit in 1999, I’m asked how quickly something new really emerges to affect technical communication. It doesn’t happen that often but it does happen – Microsoft’s introduction of HTML Help at the WinWriters conference in 1997 turned online help in a new direction in an hour. This column discusses another such example of change, the CSS “float” property. The float property’s impact won’t be as quick or dramatic as that of HTML Help but I think that what it symbolizes for tech comm is (more)

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Firehead - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 02:30
Just a quick note to remind our readers that if you recommend Firehead’s recruitment services to a client, you can receive a financial thank-you bonus for supporting us. Firehead offers niche recruitment services in the field of digital communications – mostly across the … Continue reading →

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Cool tools for Technical Authors – travel equipment

Cherryleaf Technical Authors blog - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 02:26
We’re sharing some of the tools we use at Cherryleaf. This time we’ll look at travel equipment. The role of consulting technical communicator can involve travel to exotic places, such as...

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Why Content Marketers Need to Know about Content Strategy

The Content - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:43
By Rahel Anne Bailie, Content Strategist, Intentional Design

The term “strategy” is defined as “alternatives chosen to make happen a desired future, such as achievement of a goal or solution to a problem.” To borrow from the definition of management consulting, then, content strategy is the practice of helping organizations to improve their content performance, primarily through the analysis of existing content problems, and development of plans for improvement. A content strategy will assess an organization’s current state, understand the ideal future state, recog (more)

William Gibson at NYPL

Core Dump 2.0 - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 04:54

William Gibson was in town for the Toronto Book Fair this weekend. We didn’t go – instead we went to a couple of readings (Robert J. Sawyer and Peter Watts) at SFContario – the small fan-run convention being much more to our taste. Gibson has been on a tour touting his new novel, The Peripheral, and earlier last week he was at the New York Public Library where he was interviewed by James Gleick. The talk was recorded and is now up on the NYPL web site (in both video and audio formats) (more)

#MIN68 Recap - Live Music, Skee Ball, Sliders, Oh My!

Writer in the Think of It - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 15:47
Innovation, food, games, music, you name it and we had it Wednesday night at the InnoLoft at Constant Contact  for Mass Innovation Night number 68. InnoLoft is a nifty space for startups with lots of amenities, including games. The skee ball games got a lot of use by the Mass Innovation Nights crowd and the competition was fierce.  Constant Contact provided tasty food including several kinds of sliders. The hosts really set the tone for the evening.

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Adapting content for the U.S. market (presentation summary)

Scriptorium blog - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 08:52

In this presentation delivered at tcworld 2014 in Stuttgart, Alan Pringle and Sarah O’Keefe discuss several factors that are required to adapt content for the US market. This presentation is especially relevant for European companies that want to enter the … Continue reading →

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Clearing conditionals out of a SmartDocs document

Core Dump 2.0 - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:48

SmartDocs is a powerful Word add-in from ThirtySix Software that gives Word users many of the capabilities of FrameMaker (variables, conditional text, reusable snippets) with an interface that is much easier to use. I’ve been using it for about three years and the more I use it the more I like it. I’ve been using it to produce two different versions of our FIX protocol specification, a 300-page document full of complex tables, and SmartDocs has handled everything I’ve thrown at it with aplomb.

In SmartDocs, delet (more)

Virtual Summit on Advanced Technical Communication Practices, December 4-5

The Content - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 22:08

The Content Wrangler Virtual Summit on Advanced Technical Communication Practices takes place December 4-5, 2014. This free online event features eight one-hour presentations from some of the best and brightest in the technical communication field.

Register today!

Brought to you by BrightTALK.  The Summit will be recorded. Registrants will receive a link that p (more)

Three clever typefaces

Core Dump 2.0 - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:41

It’s time for another typography post. Gizmodo has an article about three typefaces that are designed to solve specific problems.

I’ve posted about Dyslexie before - it’s designed to help dyslexics read. The other typefaces mentioned in the article are Input, a good looking monospaced font (yes, it is possible) for programmers, and Burlingame, a font designed for extreme legibilit (more)

Cool tools for Technical Authors – video equipment

Cherryleaf Technical Authors blog - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:48
We’re sharing some of the tools we use at Cherryleaf. This time we’ll look at video recording. Video is becoming an important medium in technical communication. In addition to screencast...

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The Evolution of Technical Writing - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:16

This is a sponsored post by Nicole Smith on the history of technical writing. I don’t often publish sponsored posts, but I think Nicole’s essay provides a brief yet informative history of the tech comm profession that is worth reading.

The Internet has revolutionised communication completely, but this is especially apparent in technical writing. How often have you wanted to learn how to do something and gone to eHow or Wikipedia to learn about a skill or process? Helpful and informative written work has been around almost as long as writ (more)

Add a mini-TOC to your OxygenXML webhelp topics - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:28

A while ago, I posted a tip on adding collapsible sections to the OxygenXML webhelp output. Collapsible sections have their place, but more commonly now, users seem to prefer long pages that they can scroll. For this behavior, it’s better to add a mini-TOC near the beginning of the page that lists the sections on that page. As an example, look at pretty much any page on Wikipedia.

Here’s what my mini-TOC looks like:


Cool tools for Technical Authors – audio recording

Cherryleaf Technical Authors blog - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:34
We’re sharing some of the tools we use at Cherryleaf, and this time we’ll look at audio recording tools. It can be very useful for a Technical Author to be able to record what someone is...

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Free readings at SFContario this weekend

Core Dump 2.0 - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 19:04

SFContario 5 will be held in Toronto this weekend. For those of you not familiar with it or science fiction conventions, it’s a small fan-run convention focused mostly on the literary side of science fiction (though there will be filking and probably some costuming). This year, they’ve managed to get some funding from the Toronto Arts Council to put on a series of free authors’ reading during the convention. Readings will be held at Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street, in the Courtyard Room.

Among the authors reading are Karl Sc (more)