Trends in Technical Writing

Posted by alanandrew on Saturday, January 23, 2010 under Trends | Comments are de-activated

Many people would associate technical writing with the instruction guides and manuals that accompany computers, software and the various other appliances that we buy. Seldom is the field of technical writing associated with engineering and functional documentation. For example, the little folded sheet that attempts to explain how to assemble that new clip-together furniture you bought, or the documents that help you complete your tax return. Read more …. »

A Comic Reprieve

Posted by alanandrew on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 under Humour | Comments are de-activated

The First Help Desk Call

Technical writing opportunities in South Africa – An opinion.

Posted by alanandrew on under Research | Comments are de-activated

Technical Writing in South Africa is, in my opinion, very much in its infancy.

In my time as a self-employed contract Technical Writer, I have come to realise that some software development houses would appear to regard a Technical Writer as not dissimilar to that of a glorified typist who would produce something resembling a user manual. The practice of delegating the production of a user manual to the developer or to the marketing department is also one that is used quite often.

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The Technical Writing Musical

Posted by alanandrew on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 under Humour | Comments are de-activated

Just when you thought Technical Writing was a function that only specialists did, then they go and create a musical. Have a listen to the “The Technical Writer Song”, a video created by an unknown technical writer.