TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for February 14, 2014

Subject: TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for February 14, 2014
From: TechWhirl Admin <admin -at- techwhirl -dot- com>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:10:52 -0500

Odd how professional communities can share a lot of the same attributes as
human beings. Our email discussion list had been unusually quiet for
several weeks, until a list regular asked why things appeared to be a ghost
town. Then, just like someone waking up from a long winter's nap, things
started popping, perhaps having gotten the virtual equivalent of a hot
shower and a morning caffeine jolt.



It proved to be a good opportunity for us to catch our community up on
what's been happening around TechWhirl, and get jolted ourselves for some
oversights that were completely unintentional (working on correcting as we
speak, so thanks for saying what we needed to hear). We are working hard to
find ways to join up email discussions with community forums and
commenting, but it looks to be somewhat of a manual process for the
foreseeable future.



In the meantime if you're a regular list dweller, take a few minutes to see
the kind of content we have on the site, and add your thoughts and comments
by registering for the
forum<http://community.techwhirl.com/entry/register?Target=categories>.
If you spend your time in the forum and on TechWhirl.com, it's worth checking
out the archives <http://www.techwr-l.com/>, and subscribing to the email
list <http://www.techwr-l.com/frequently-asked-questions.html#subscribe> to
see who's talking about what. And if you happen to be a development genius
with an app that can integrate "old-school" email lists with web-based
forums and commenting, you would definitely be our permanent Valentine.



This week's content provides a lot great information and fodder for
discussions around agile and tech comm, DITA, and budget priorities. Take a
look, vote, comment, and share as needed.
Looking for TechWhirlers to Beta Test

One of our long-time Whirlers, Keith Hood, is looking for some fellow TWs
to help with some beta-testing: People familiar with MS Word to test a
system of using code fields to create conditional text and single-sourcing
in Word documents. Contact Keith Hood, bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com if you're
interested and want details.



Have a great weekend, and Happy Valentine's Day

-Connie and the gang at TechWhirl
In Case You Missed it: This Week @ TechWhirl

*New features and articles on http://TechWhirl.com <http://techwhirl.com/>*
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- Tech Writer This Week February 13, 2014 | http://bit.ly/1gufHHH
- Agile and Tech Comm: The Whole Team Approach (part 2), by Alyssa Fox |
http://bit.ly/1iPjXlM
- 8 Content Pain Points that Implementing DITA Solves, by Jacquie
Samuels | http://bit.ly/1bGNqJv
- Tech Comm/Content Management 2014 Budget Priorities (poll)|
http://bit.ly/1lpGGGi

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We want to send a very special "thank you" to our sponsors for their
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*Gold: *ComponentOne Software <http://bit.ly/doc-to-help>, Madcap
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*Silver*: Vancouver Island University <http://pr.viu.ca/techcomm/>,
easyDITA<http://easydita.com/>

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