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Design and typography basics — The talk

This is the talk I gave with the webinar I delivered on Tuesday 31 January 2012, Design and Typography for Technical Communication.

If you would like to have the accompanying slides, download them here.

typewriter key alphabet

A cacophony of choice

Unless we are making simulations or videos that depend on action and voiceover to get the point across, technical communicators communicate in text and in illustrations with text associated with them. These are words on a page or on a screen. It seems simple, yet we have so many choices to make. We are not limited to single-spaced or double-spaced text typed in rows. We are not limited to one wide column or two narrow columns. We are not limited to black and white. We are not limited to books. We are not limited to paper.

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February 2, 2012  

Design and typography basics — The presentation

Download [PDF] presentation file [1.8M]

If you want to, you can read the talk that I gave when I showed the slides.

The webinar was made possible through the support of the STC Europe SIG and the STC France chapter, and with the Help, as moderator of Stuart Culshaw.

Thanks to the organizers, to Stuart Culshaw, and to everyone who participated.

Special thanks to those who gave me their time and advice as I prepared the presentation. You know who you are.

February 1, 2012  

Measuring quality — The talk

This is the talk I gave with the webinar I delivered on Tuesday 22 March 2011, Measuring the Quality of your Documentation.

If you would like to have the accompanying slides and quality-measurement tool, download them here.

Factory man being efficient

Getting things done

Wherever you work, whether it’s in a calmly organized editorial group, alone facing down deadlines in a home office, or running from project to project like a blue-assed fly, you would like to know how you stack up, how you are doing.

But you don’t have time to stop and look around. You have deliverables. You need to have things move along so that you get things done. The result of getting things done, of course, is product. And product can be measured. [Read more →]

March 24, 2011  

Measuring quality: Presentation and tool for you to use

Here are the files from the webinar I delivered on Tuesday 22 March 2011, Measuring the Quality of your Documentation.

Download [PowerPoint 2007] presentation file [1.6M]

Download [Excel 2007] quality-tool file [19k]

If you want to, you can read the talk that I gave when I showed the slides.

The webinar was made possible through the support of the STC Europe SIG and the STC France chapter, and with the corporate sponsorship of UTC Fire & Security.

Thanks to the organizers, to our corporate sponsor, and to everyone who participated.

Special thanks to those who gave me advice as I prepared the tool: the brainy shakytweets, the incomparable dfarb, the scintillating finiteattention, and the endlessly knowledgeable ellispratt. If I have forgotten you, I have not forgotten you. You know who you are.

March 21, 2011  

Using quality to your advantage?

I am presenting a tool I developed to help you do just that in a webinar at 19:00 Central European Time on Tuesday 22 March 2011.

Measuring the Quality of your Documentation

Learn about your weak areas in technical communication, how to improve the quality of your technical communication, and how to create useful project metrics.

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March 21, 2011  

Learning editorial TLC: editing Dutch-authored English

A Bernini angel standing on drifting clouds

On Friday 14 January 2011, a group of SENSE editors got together in one of the Park Plaza Hotel meeting rooms in Utrecht, something we rarely get to do because of our work schedules and because, as John Edmund Hynd said, “You would have to go a long way to find another workshop anything like this.” We were editing Dutch-authored English with Dr Joy Burrough-Boenisch. [Read more →]

January 31, 2011  

The Awards Event in Amsterdam, 5 February 2005

yellow tulips

Another Competition Done and Dusted

The 2004 edition of the Trans-European Technical Communications Competition completed smoothly once again last December under the capable guidance of this year’s Competition Manager, Jennifer O Neill. The results were collated, the entrants advised. All that remained was the awards supper held in a European city as an opportunity to meet in a social setting, reward ourselves for work well done, and distribute awards. [Read more →]

February 21, 2005