In a recent survey, 69 tech writers said they often experience “blocked” periods of time when it’s difficult to write.
It seems that writing our rationale for a decision helps us make that decision objectively. What evidence is there for
The way that options are presented shapes the choice we make. Even insurance professionals take more or less risk depending on the way a situation is framed. Is there a way to make more grounded decisions?
What do you do with your new ideas? The connections and sparks that pop to mind when you’re in the shower; in a presentation; on a bus.
“Avoid it”, the style guides write, “unless you really know what you are doing”. The implication is you don’t.
Microsoft Word now puts its wiggly line under two spaces in a row. A lot of people are happy, and I’m happy that they’re happy, because maybe “semantic authoring” in a small sense is taking root.
Modern ways of using metadata connect groups, countries, and organizations. Structured content such as DITA XML provides powerful ways to work with this metadata, but also challenges.
John Carroll’s sound instructional principles became known as Minimalism — a term that would frequently be mistaken for the idea of just writing less.
When I need to get a particular piece of writing or other work done, and I’m putting it off because it’s difficult (or I’m making it difficult), I’ve found that this simple process helps a lot.
“For truly futureproof content, we need to write well, use structural markers, and associate our chunks of information with external data.”
Recording of a joint webinar with PoolParty’s Andreas Blumauer.
Using line-based diff and merge tools can result in invalid files or missing content. XML-aware merge tools avoid these problems.