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How do you stay on the cutting edge with tools and trends in not just your field, but those of your colleagues? How do you inspire your team to do the same? How do you grow empathy for your other … Continue reading
Continuous delivery (CD) and application release automation (ARA) are usually associated with software. These methodologies can be extended to other parts of your business, such as technical documentation. The output of a build/deploy/test/release software process and a build/publish tech doc … Continue reading
March 20, 2017: Leveraging Structured Authoring / DITA Techniques When All You Have are Unstructured Tools
You’ve heard the buzz about structured authoring and DITA: how great it is for efficient content reuse, how it enforces consistency, how it guides our writing for topic-based presentation… But what if there’s no budget for new tools, no time … Continue reading
In Modern Technical Writing: An Introduction to Software Documentation (an ebook available on Kindle), Andrew Etter argues for a model of technical writing that involves lightweight markup languages (like AsciiDoc and Markdown), static site generators (such as Sphinx), distributed version … Continue reading
Event Recording If you missed the meeting, you can listen here: You can also download the MP3 file. The slides are here: Open Authoring: Content Collaboration Across Disciplines with Ralph Squillace from Information Development World Event Description At Microsoft, we … Continue reading
Event Recording If you missed the meeting, you can watch the event here: You can listen to the event here: Event Description Is work craziness creeping over into the rest of your life? You’re not alone. Having the confidence to … Continue reading
Audio recording If you missed the meeting, you can listen to the event here: Event description Most engineers in IT departments follow an agile scrum process: they track issues in sprints, assign and scope story points, meet daily to provide … Continue reading
The job market for developer documentation in Silicon Valley is the hottest in the country. But developer documentation jobs can be tricky to get, and also difficult to excel in, especially if you lack an engineering background. Despite the difficulties, … Continue reading
Joe Welinske will present a webinar to our chapter on the topic of “Optimizing the Googleability of Your Content.” The webinar will be held at noon on Thursday, March 24. This webinar does not replace our monthly chapter meeting but … Continue reading
Modern writing organizations need skills very different from basic writing. This session will cover the job roles and skills that your organization might need to adopt best practices. For example: content strategy, analytics, web and app development, taxonomist, linguists, etc, … Continue reading
Presentation description In a highly interactive discussion, we’ll go over the basics of using version control systems to help support documentation of software products. We’ll share ideas and swap war stories about how to set up workspaces and workflows, conduct … Continue reading
If you missed Denny’s presentation, you can view the recording here: Presentation description Denny Brown is co-founder of Expert Support, a company of contract technical writers that provide documentation to companies in the Bay area. In this presentation, he will … Continue reading
Spec Driven Development isn’t just changing the way we build APIs, but even the way we share and document them. In this session we’ll take a look at what Spec Driven Development is, and how it ties developers and technical … Continue reading