Author archive: Stephen Gauer

National editors’ conference coming to Vancouver in June

The 2016 Editors Canada national conference is coming to the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites in Vancouver, June 10 to 12. Editors Canada (formerly EAC, the Editors’ Association of Canada) is the national organization that promotes professional editing as key to producing effective communication. Its 1,500 members work with individuals and organizations in the corporate,…

Spotlight: Karen Rempel

Spotlight: Karen Rempel

Karen Rempel has been a successful technical writing consultant in Vancouver for over 20 years. She’s been an active member of the STC since 1994 and served as President of the CWC chapter from 2008 to 2009. Question (Q): What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on? Answer (A): I absolutely loved a project I…

Should You Become a Contractor?

Should You Become a Contractor?

By Stephen Gauer At the 10- to 15-year point in their careers, some tech writers decide to make the leap to contract work, where they give up the security of a full-time staff position to work on their own as freelancers. Contract refers to the work arrangement: you’re hired by a client at a fixed…

Is it Time For a Career Stretch?

Is it Time For a Career Stretch?

By Stephen Gauer You’ve been a technical writer for five years straight and now you want to stretch yourself — go freelance and offer a wider range of services to clients, or leverage employer-paid training into new responsibilities at your current company. Here are some suggestions, based on my own experience, for new roles and…

Creating Professional Layouts in Robohelp

At the ripe old age of 24, Robohelp is the granddaddy of online help and looks it. The familiar layout of folders on the left and topic pages on the right hasn’t changed much over time and appears particularly dated in an era of touchscreens, responsive web pages, and mobile apps. However, you might be…

Ten Tips for Great Training

Ten Tips for Great Training

By Stephen Gauer You’re written the user guides and online help for the new application and now the client needs someone to train the staff. Why not take the plunge and add training to your skill set? Here are some tips from my 25 years of training: Tip #1: write a detailed script In the…

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