Category Archives: Writing

Interested in Technical Communication?

If you’re looking for more information about technical communication, or as it is also known technical writing, you can search for related items or rely on an aggregator like Alltop. Gathering information about the profession will lead you to a … Continue reading

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First Certified Professional Technical Communicator

Professor Beth Agnew, Seneca College, has become one of the first in the world to receive the new Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC)™ designation from the Society for Technical Communication. “It’s a great step forward for our profession,” says Agnew. … Continue reading

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The Website Triad

Who is the first person you call when you need a website? It should be a technical communicator. Often described as a web content developer or web writer, a technical communicator with knowledge of the important disciplines of web usability … Continue reading

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My Writers

I teach technical communication at Seneca College here in Toronto. I am also the co-ordinator of the 1-year post graduate technical communication program, so I see these particular students for more than a full year. They are “mine”. 🙂 They … Continue reading

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If the User Can’t Find It…

… it’s not there. One of the many roles of the technical communicator is to assist developers and designers with making products, websites, and interfaces easy to use. Users who have to search for the functions they need get frustrated, … Continue reading

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Ideal Second Career

Changes in the economy often mean unexpected layoffs and situations that prompt one to think of a career change. Technical communication is a profession that allows you to leverage your prior background and training into a new career. No matter … Continue reading

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Building Bridges

Technical communicators are always building bridges — between technology and its users, between content and design, and between groups or individuals so that the flow of information can be smooth and easy. In that way, we are always making connections. … Continue reading

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Gadget Junkie Heaven

If you were the kid who took all her toys apart to see how they worked… If you love to browse the tools, products, and gadgets in every Big Box store you see… If your version of the ideal present … Continue reading

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We Speak Geek

Technical communicators are the people to call when you have complex technical information that needs to be communicated to people who are non-technical. We are also the people to call when the information is dense and hard to understand, even … Continue reading

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No Gender Bias

Technical Communication is a profession that is practiced equally well by women and men. For many women working as technical writers in the ’60s and ’70s, our entrée into some male-dominated high tech fields came through the door of technical … Continue reading

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Writing for Effect

There’s a prevailing notion that unless you are writing fiction or poetry, writing is not that hard. After all, we can speak the language, so being able to write in it shouldn’t be any more difficult than just having a … Continue reading

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Ages of Thought

Eight years into the 21st century we are still burdened by corporations, organizations, institutions, and cultures that remain firmly entrenched in Industrial Age thinking. Not only has the Information Age been around for at least 25 years now, but we … Continue reading

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