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What I do

July 15th, 2008 · Comments Off

I thought it was high time for an update on the first two weeks of my contract. As I alluded to previously, the project I’m working on right now involves the design of a new phone. It’s a complex system with many components, and is rather hush-hush at the moment so I can’t really elaborate […]

Tags: documentation · employment · technical writing

New job

June 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’ve just signed a 6-month contract with Vtech to work as a technical writer in their engineering department! As you probably know, Vtech primarily designs and manufactures cordless phones as well as other wireless devices. The company usually outsources their documentation to the States. Presently, however, they’re developing a completely new product line (sorry, I […]

Tags: employment · technical writing

DocTrain Day 3 – Content choreographers unite

May 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments

DocTrain chugged along today and picked up some speed with a heavy emphasis on social media. As with yesterday’s post, I’ll give you the skinny and the slides on each presentation as well my pick for ‘what’s hot’. Great people, good food, and leading-edge content. Kudos to the organizers and to the Marriott Pinnacle for […]

Tags: conference · DocTrain West 2008 · documentation · productivity · technical writing

DocTrain Day 2 – XML jockeys flock to the podium

May 8th, 2008 · Comments Off

The conference proper kicked off today with some excellent speakers across the board. There were a lot of presentations, so I’m going to keep it short and give you the gist of each one along with my personal “what’s hot” recommendation on something juicy, cool or just plain geeky that I gleaned from the talk. […]

Tags: conference · DocTrain West 2008 · productivity · technical writing

DocTrain Day 1 – Simplified Technical English

May 7th, 2008 · Comments Off

Today I attended a pre-conference workshop on Simplified Technical English (STE) at DocTrain West. Berry Braster, director of Tedopres, presented the benefits of writing documentation using standardized, unambiguous English, especially when materials are being translated into other languages. The implementation of STE involves developing a company-specific dictionary and using documentation software to aid in the […]

Tags: conference · DocTrain West 2008 · documentation · productivity · technical writing