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Software skills for aspiring technical writer

How do I know I’ve taught myself enough technical writing software (number of programs and my abilities therein) for potential employers to take me seriously? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

We do (A + B) * (C + D) * (E + F)

I need to write a short blurb describing the services our group provides, which is basically defined in three dimensions, eg. "We provide services (A + B) for data types (C + D) in domains (E + F)." I imagine this is something faced by technical writers, is there some best practice for writing this sort of thing so that it is readable in plain English? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble on Jul 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Technical Writing offshoring and job security

Technical writers: please share your experiences with me regarding offshoring and job security. I am considering technical writing as a career change and want to determine if it would be a good move to enter this field. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jun 10, 2014 - 6 answers

I want to move my career in a different direction.

I graduated with an M.A. in English and through luck, contracting, and family connections, came to work in nuclear power. My administrative role has changed to field work. I prefer office work, especially writing reports etc. My area in nuclear is very specialized, and due to downsizing in the industry, I feel a real need to get familiar with my prospects for other jobs and diversify my skills. However, I have no idea how to begin, research being one of my weak points. Long explanation + details inside. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Apr 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Technical writing... by robots?

I saw a somewhat blogspammy news article the other day (regrettably, I cannot remember where, and google is failing me) which listed the top ten or twenty professions that would be eliminated by automation in the next twenty years. Among them were ones I would expect: telemarketing, retail sales, etc. Nothing surprising there. And then they threw technical writing into the mix. My question is, how could software automate technical writing? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Mar 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Day in the life of a Technical Writer.

Is your job title 'Technical Writer'? What on earth do you do all day? Would pursuing a job as a Technical Writer even be remotely fruitful given my past experience? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Sep 8, 2013 - 16 answers

As indicated below, the headline is a reference to same.

How do you edit writing written in a different dialect than your own? I'm very soon going to be responsible for editing some English technical/business writing by a team in a highly multilingual south-Asian country. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Dec 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Helpful Books on "Help"?

Great books for a newbie software help system writer/maintainer? [more inside]
posted by swift on Jan 19, 2011 - 1 answer

How To Topics?

I have a technical writing background but haven't written a technical piece in a long time. Can you come up with some good topics for me to write about? I can't seem to think of anything. [more inside]
posted by MrningLight on Jun 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Has nothing changed in the past 8 years?

Can anyone recommend a good technical / business writing book? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jun 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Technically writing

I am intereted in learning more about the discipline(s) of Technical Writing/Communication. [more inside]
posted by iurodivii on Apr 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Easier to map an image than write an essay?

I teach a technical writing class. I'm using Edward Tufte's Beautiful Evidence as the textbook. The first chapter deals with mapped images and the utility of such images. I need examples of text that would be more useful if it were a mapped image instead. I can comb the interwebs for individual examples, but I can't seem to find any sets of said text examples. [more inside]
posted by madred on Feb 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Software to help do guided outlines with automatically populated fields from previous answers?

I'm trying to construct a digital worksheet that will walk someone through an outlining and drafting process for creating a report. Basically, the user should be able to answer the questions I put forward (either in a textfield, list, or textarea) and what would come out is an outline for a technical paper, grant proposal, etc. Is there software or features of software to support this? Microsoft Office or exportable formats are preferable. [more inside]
posted by miasma on Jun 28, 2009 - 2 answers

Can I show some of my etchings?

Interviewing with a technical writing / communication portfolio. What resources and tips for those who have gone through it or hired from it. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Feb 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Assesssing employee value

How can I assess the economic value of an employee (namely me)? [more inside]
posted by Palaverist on Jan 5, 2008 - 8 answers

What does copywriting pay?

What does copywriting pay? A computer consulting firm wants to hire me to write founder bios, customer service email templates, redo the copy on their website, etc. Also maybe some light technical writing. As far as experience, I've done all that (unpaid) for a startup of my own, which was very successful. I'm also a very experienced popular writer (articles and books). But never did this sort of copywriting for pay. What's typical renumeration?
posted by jimmyjimjim on Dec 10, 2007 - 22 answers

What further education do I need to be taken seriously as I re-enter the workforce?

I've been out of work for a number of years, by choice, staying at home to raise my kids. I have a Bachelor's in Education with a minor in English from back in 19mumblemumbleyear, and even if it were up-to-date, my life has taken a different turn, and I don't feel that teaching is for me any more. With this kind of background, if I don't teach, I am pretty much, as one of my English teachers once put it, an "educated un-employable." What further education do I need to be taken seriously as I re-enter the workforce? [more inside]
posted by misha on May 19, 2007 - 7 answers

How to Write Interesting Computer Science

I need help in learning how to write. Specifically, technical writing in the area of computer science. Most specifically, paper writing. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Jan 25, 2007 - 15 answers

A newer, better book out there?

I was going to get a few copies of John A. Brogan's 'Clear Technical Writing' (out of print) for teaching a class at work, but want to ask you all whether there's a better, more recent tech writing primer you can recommend...thanks. [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Aug 9, 2006 - 2 answers

Are you learning piano?

Is anyone learning piano (or planning to)? If so, can I ask you some questions? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Sep 26, 2005 - 25 answers

Edit a help file?

Back in the day (about 7 years ago, anyway), Windows came with a utility that allowed the savvy user to edit compiled help files. [more inside]
posted by dbmcd on Jun 15, 2005 - 5 answers

Any technical writers out there have difficulty getting portfolio copies?

I just quit my job at BC Hansard, where part of my job duties included writing technical documentation. One of my major projects was a word processing manual for our editors (most of whom are not technically savvy), explaining the various in-house Word macros, general computer use and so forth. But Hansard refuses to give me a portfolio copy of my work; not because of any hard feelings, but because they just don't do this. [more inside]
posted by solid-one-love on Feb 24, 2005 - 8 answers

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