TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for April 4, 2014

Subject: TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for April 4, 2014
From: TechWhirl Admin <admin -at- techwhirl -dot- com>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:11:20 -0400

April Fools' Day is the most important "holiday" we celebrate here at
TechWhirl, for some very key reasons:

- It proves that technical communicators (and tech comm vendors) "get"
funny--we really do have a sense of humor.
- It provides some nice stress relief (at least for one day) from
dealing with SMEs, developers, project managers and others who may not
"get" tech comm.
- It's the anniversary of the day Al and I officially took over

During the week leading up to April Fools' Day, we spent at least as much
time laughing at all the great pieces created by our partners and our
writers, as getting them set up to publish. When work is fun, all is well....
In other words it was a great week.

Whirlers managed to find time to dive into more serious topics--check out
the discussions on less-than-perfect Agile documentation and survey of how
far tech writers go through search results. Feel free to participate, in
fact we strongly encourage it, since there are knowledgeable, earnest,
curious and funny folks there just waiting for the chance to talk tech
comm. Register for the
to the email list<>.
Don't forget to check out the archives <> for a
little historical perspective.

Have a great weekend!

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

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- Tech Writer This Week April 3, 2014 |
- Product Review: Samalander DITA XREF Manager Fills A DITA Tools Void,
by Jacquie Samuels |
- Tips and Tricks: FrameMaker 12 Features Every Author Can Use, by
Bernard Aschwanden |

*April Fools' Day 2014*

- TechComm News: TechCommGeekMom Closing Down Blog |
- Acrolinx Adds New Voice Measurement to Its Metrics Dashboard |
- Neuro-linguistic Programming Breakthrough Powers ClickHelp Upcoming
Release |
- Study: Women Technical Writers Earn Fewer Peanuts Than Men, by
Yehoshua Paul |
- Doc-To-Help Unveils Thought-Enabled User Assistance |
- EasyDITA: New Version Supports Twerking |
- Adobe is Truly the New 'Frame'Maker |
- Controversial New DITA Element Set For 2.0 Release, by Edward
Smyda-Homa |

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