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Entries from February 2007

Cultural sensitivity in user documentation

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

When editing technical documents, how aware should you be of regional differences in pronunciation? Here is an interesting article on the subject by Brian Forte. Forte raises the following issue regarding the usage of an indefinite article with initialisms: How do you pronounce an initialism like HTML? I was taught English in public Australian schools […]

Tags: culture · documentation · editing · grammar · technical writing

Are iPods losing their ‘coolness’?

February 23rd, 2007 · Comments Off

There is no denying that the iPod has become part of our popular culture. What started as a neat toy for Mac users blossomed into a fashion craze for young urban hipsters. These cool urbanites identified each other not with secret handshakes but by the white ear-buds that had become the icon for ‘coolness’. The […]

Tags: marketing · technology

What does your business card say about you?

February 21st, 2007 · Comments Off

Business cards are so ubiquitous these days, but not many people consider how much of an impression their card really makes. Well, with the exception of some Asian cultures (In Asia the exchange of business cards is ritualistic – The reciever takes the card respectfully with two hands and studies it carefully before placing it […]

Tags: marketing · technology · writing

Resources Page is up

February 20th, 2007 · Comments Off

Check out the resources page for links to forums, job postings, blogs, other tech writer sites, podcasts, books, e-books, professional associations and web portals. This list is by no means complete. If you have any websites that would be of use to neophyte tech writers, please post a comment on the resources page.

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What is a wordbit anyway?

February 16th, 2007 · 3 Comments

According to the Wikia Wiki, a wordbit is “the smallest deal that bears a meaning. Wordbits are the sound or sounds, sideput, that bear meaning.” Wordbits are the building blocks of language. This website is my small attempt to bring meaning to what we do as writers and hopefully contribute something to the writing “blogosphere”, […]

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