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How much does a tech writer need to know?

How much does a tech writer need to know?

There’s an interesting tension in technical writing between knowing and not knowing. Tom Johnson, who blogs at www.idratherbewriting.com, tackled this question in an article on learner perspective. This is my take on the question of how much tech writers need to know about their subject matter. Knowing everything about a software application that you’re documenting…

STC CWC appoints Gabriel Forbes as new Vancouver Island Coordinator

STC CWC appoints Gabriel Forbes as new Vancouver Island Coordinator

The STC Canada West Coast chapter is pleased to announce that Gabriel Forbes, a senior technical writer, will be promoting STC activities on Vancouver Island and the nearby islands as the new Vancouver Island Coordinator. Gabriel, currently with Reliable Controls in Victoria, has previously worked with Trimble, MDA, Sierra Systems, and Electronic Arts. “I got…

September 17 – all hands chapter collaboration meeting

September 17 – all hands chapter collaboration meeting

About This Collaboration Meeting This is an all-hands meeting to discuss upcoming events, welcome all volunteers, and review the work that needs to be done to keep our chapter moving forward in serving our community of writers. If you want to out what’s happening, have some ideas you’d like to share, or would like to…

We’re showcasing top STC award winners on Sept 10

We’re showcasing top STC award winners on Sept 10

On Saturday, September 10, STC Canada West Coast chapter will hold an inspiring presentation of award-winning entries from this year’s STC International Summit Awards (ISA) competition. We kick off our 2016/2017 speaker series showcasing the very best in the technical communication field. Hosting this event is Karen Rempel. She is a former CWC chapter president…

Interview Practice for Technical Communicators: Interviewees and Interviewers

Interview Practice for Technical Communicators: Interviewees and Interviewers

Whether in-person, via the web, or phone, interviews can be daunting for the job candidate and the interviewer. While a job candidate typically experiences some nervous energy as they focus on what to say, interviewers must elicit the information they need from the candidate to help determine suitability for the job. During an interview, the…

STC Canada West Coast chapter offers full sponsorship of 20 student memberships

STC Canada West Coast chapter offers full sponsorship of 20 student memberships

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) Canada West Coast chapter is offering full reimbursement of the $75 (US) annual STC student membership fee for up to 20 post-secondary students in British Columbia. To be eligible, students must provide proof of current enrollment at a post-secondary technical, professional, or business writing program in British Columbia, either…

Customize Flare’s tripane icons

It’s a nice touch to customize the icons used in Flare’s tripane online help. Sometimes small design touches make a noticeable contribution to the polish and professionalism of online help. In this post I’ll take you through the steps of finding the icons in an output folder, changing them, and then uploading the new icons via the…

Tech Comm Café: Aug. 10 recap; next meeting Sept. 14

Tech Comm Café: Aug. 10 recap; next meeting Sept. 14

The Tech Comm Café met on August 10, 2016, for an informative discussion of current topics of interest to the technical writing community. One person who attended is an active volunteer with another group. We discussed the challenges that are common to many professional associations nowadays: it’s hard to maintain membership, attendance, and volunteer numbers…

What is a technical illustrator?

What is a technical illustrator?

(This is the first in a series of articles exploring the world of technical communication from the perspective of specific job titles and functions. This month’s article looks at technical illustrators.) A technical illustrator creates illustrations that visually communicate complex technical information. These illustrations include drawings, diagrams or photographs that convey accurate proportions and dimensions,…

Mastering Word’s typographic controls

Mastering Word’s typographic controls

Typography is the art and craft of arranging text on the page and screen for maximum legibility and comprehension. The world of typography changed forever when Jan Tschichold published The New Typography in 1928. Tschichold was part of the 1920s Bauhaus movement in Modernist design that radically changed our ideas about architecture, graphic design, product…

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