MultiLinual Magazine has just published my article “Translating technical docs without losing quality”. It’s about the little things translators should keep in mind so that they don’t spoil what the technical writer has carefully designed in the original version.
Various new resources added to the Tool and Web Guide, in particular to the section on XML and DITA tools: http://www.indoition.com/xml-dita-tools-technical-documentation.htm
This year I am going to present at tekom’s annual conference again. The topic is “Wege zur Hilfe”, which could loosely be translated as “Ways to hell(p)”. Unfortunately this pun doesn’t work in German 🙁
The session is going to illustrate the various tools and workflows that can be used for creating online help systems.
You can read the article here at no charge: http://www.tcworld.info/e-magazine/technical-communication/article/help-with-additional-functions/
I have just finished checking and updating all the pricing information given in the Tool and Web Guide. This was quite cumbersome and took more than 10 hours. Why do so many vendors hide the most important info: the price?
For my latest article in the German tekom magazine “technische kommunikation” I have created a little demo that illustrates some nice features that you can add to web help produces with MadCap Flare: responsive tabs, scroll back to top button, sticky items, zommable images, and sortable tables.
I’ve just added various new links to the Tool and Web Guide. You can find the updated guide here: http://www.indoition.com/index.html
Today is the birthday of the new “Technical Writers’ Companion”. As an electronic guide, knowledge base and reference, the Companion provides authors of technical documentation with the expertise needed to create high-quality user manuals and online help systems. You can even add your own notes and specifications and thus transform the Companion into your own, company-specific style guide.
The Companion is in HTML format and can be installed locally on your file system or on a server within your intranet.
To find out more, visit the product details page.
There’s also a preview available, which shows almost half of the Companion’s contents for free.
I’ve checked and updated all links of the tool and web guide. Sadly, I found that some good resources and tools do no longer exist. But I’ve added even more great new resources. You can find the updated guide here: http://www.indoition.com/index.html
Want to improve your writing skills without investing ANY extra time? So you should check out the brand new screensaver “Writing Plain English”. When you have installed this screensaver, each time you return to your desk after a break, you will find a new tip on screen, showing you how you can replace a complex phrase with a simple one.
Those who write in German might also be interested in the German version of this screensaver, the Bildschirmschoner “Verständlich schreiben”.