How responsible is a technical writer?

There’s a well-known humorous office sign that I’ve seen in many places which reads “I have a very responsible job: if anything goes wrong, I’m responsible!” However there have been a couple of message threads recently on the ISTC Discussion list which have got me thinking about exactly what a technical writer should be taking responsibility for. Continue reading

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What sort of training do TechComm professionals need?

Formal training for technical communicators in the UK is hard to find. It has not yet completely disappeared, but it is, in my opinion, an endangered species. If we allow it to become extinct what is the future for our profession? Perhaps I am being pessimistic, but I am going to be devoting a lot of time to this subject in the coming months. Continue reading

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The “training or documentation?” question, again

I’ve just read an article on EE Times (a website for the electronics industry community) contributed by site member Joe Davis. Called Is It Training or Documentation? Does It Matter? the article highlights several important issues around documentation and training. Continue reading

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On being listed again

I have to admit that it’s quite nice to find my name on the 2014 Top 50 Most Influential TechComm Experts list from MindTouch. I am honoured to be in such distinguished company – and I’m proud to count many of my fellow Top 50 honourees as friends as well as fellow tech comm professionals. Continue reading

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