Key Concept Archive

Do you want to be a TC Dojo Master?

If you thought we didn’t pay attention to the survey results, but we have Eliot Kimber in March because someone in the TC Dojo asked for him. They asked for him to talk about keys. After 6 years, 82 sessions, and more than 1770 votes, we’ve opened up a call for TC…

Techcomm and Arbortext Resources – We have a lot

We share. A lot. We derive an intense satisfaction when we are able to improve the capabilities of our customers as well as everyone in the communities we serve. Customers don’t just buy software or one-time services from us: They learn when they work with us. We want everyone to…

Vote for TC Dojo 2018 sessions topics

I’m about to start booking the speakers for TC Dojo sessions in 2018. I have two sessions lined up, but I still have 10 to fill. January will be fun. Rather than the same old boring end-of-year trends session, we’re going to get tips on how to keep up! Personally, I’ve never been a…

Same mess, different tools – Liz Fraley on the Content Content Podcast

b Post Summary In her interview, Liz Fraley talks in detail about the history of structured authoring and how her opinions have changed over 17 years in the technical writing industry. Last month I had the opportunity to talk with Ed Marsh of the Content Content podcast. I’ve known Ed…

UI/UX for technical communicators is the theme for TC Summer Camp 2017

I sit on the TC Camp board and am sponsoring the Structured Authoring workshop at TC Summer Camp in DC on September 9th. Every year, we ask what topic people want for the morning workshops. So far only one topic has been in the top of the voting for both…

Adepters – What is it and how do I find it?

Are you an Arbortext user? Have you heard the word Adepters and wonder what it means? Adepters is the name of the original Arbortext user mailing list which was launched in 1996. At that time there the web was still new, so this mailing list quickly became the go-to resource for Arbortext customers. Where…

Which TC Dojo level are you?

The TC Dojo is a virtual meeting place for the Technical Communications professional. Whether you are just starting out in the field or you are a well-seasoned expert, everyone can gain valuable learning at the TC Dojo. We called it the a dojo because a dojo (dōjō) is a Japanese…

Top Authors and Books from My 2016 Reading Challenge

In 2016, I wrote 3 books and read 237. I haven’t decided whether reading that many books in one year is good or bad. There are some that I don’t really remember reading. I look at the titles or read 5-10 pages and think to myself, “it feels like I…

The Adepters email list is ending – here’s where to go…

In 1995 Arbortext started the adepters mailing list for users and staff to communicate. It was primarily a place where staff handled issues and questions about the Arbortext Adept editor. The mailing list was called adepters: a combination of the product name “Adept” and “users.” When PTC acquired Arbortext, that…

Managing technical data sets using XML [Arbortext User Meeting]

Product information on a data level is often managed by many different disciplines in a manufacturing company. Marketing looks after Data sheets, R&D has their own data set of product attributes and so on. The information is often stored in different databases or at worst just as a text string…