Brushing up on tech skills

Subject: Brushing up on tech skills
From: Joanne Wittenbrook <jwittenbrook -at- ameritech -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 12:18:13 -0700 (PDT)

>I need some advice on brushing up on my technical skills.
>Currently I am a stay at home mom but eventually I hope to reenter the
>tech writing field.
I>n the meantime I'm considering taking one or more classes to enhance
>my skills.
My local community college has classes in Macromedia Flash and Active
Server Pages.
What other tech skills should I consider learning/improving?

Look at the job postings for the kind of job you want and see what they are asking for. Common tools are Robohelp and FrameMaker. Both programs are expensive, but there are help authoring tools that are free that you can work with to get the concepts down.

You might also want to review the Microsoft style guide, you can download if free from the Microsoft site.

Create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to Help file formats or
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Microsoft Office, team authoring, plus more.

Now shipping: Help &amp; Manual 4 with RoboHelp(r) import! New editor,
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