Key Concept Archive

For more information about how our library science background (and our love of all things metadata) guides the way we catalog information, see the Techcomm and Arbortext Resources page.

Techcomm and Arbortext Resources – We have a lot

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…

Getting the Most Out of TC Camp

Liz talks about what inspired her to start TC Camp (https://tccamp.org), the techcomm unconference. How she found people to help as TC Camp got off the ground. Learn what TC Camp offers writers and what everyone can bring to TC…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…