TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for April 11, 2014

Subject: TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for April 11, 2014
From: TechWhirl Admin <admin -at- techwhirl -dot- com>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:58:24 -0400

Few things are eternal--Hope in the Spring, taxes, and the awe-inspiring
ways that MS Word can wreak havoc on a communicator's life cover most of
the possibilities. And perhaps the idea that TechWhirl is there to share a
bit of the practical, useful and interesting to those who make content
creation and management their life's work.

The Mark Baker, the Users' Advocate, is back this week with an interesting
viewpoint on how we conceptualize the readers of our content. Even writers
who don't work in the agile environment can find some practical advice in
Alyssa Fox's latest on Agile and tech comm. And Jacquie Samuels outlines
the DITA alternatives you should consider for your tech comm authoring
approach. All practical, useful, and just plain interesting.

Then there are our intrepid Whirlers, plagued by the many ways in which the
word processor we love to hate makes our lives more complicated. Ancient
corrupted templates, tracking changes, conversion between Publisher and
Word... if any of these have disrupted your life, you may want to hang out
with a bunch of knowledgeable, earnest, curious and funny folks just
waiting for the chance to talk tech comm, and to help you find solutions to
those troubles. Register for the
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Don't forget to check out the archives <> for lots
of background and some "back in the day" historical perspective.

Have an eternally 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 10, 2014 |
- Users' Advocate: Don't Idealize the Reader, by Mark Baker |
- Working on Multiple Agile Teams, by Alyssa Fox |
- Updating Your Approach to Authoring: DITA Alternatives, by Jacquie
Samuels |

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- Clarabridge Acquires Market Metrix |

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