How Do Tech Writers Use Visual Elements to Depict Data?

Chart

Technical communicators have many reasons for incorporating visual data (specifically tables, charts, and graphs) into their work: they make text easier to understand, they often save on production costs, and translation to other languages is usually easier. So, the problem for many writers isn’t if to include charts, graphs, etc.; the problem may be when […]

What Should You Read Before You Write?

book

Recommended Reading for Technical Writers (and those who want to be) While the reading needs of technical writers differ, we can offer a few suggestions for essential reading. Consider your own ability, experience, and reason for writing; then, sift through this list of recommendations to find what’s best for you. For General Reading on Technical Communication If […]

How to Avoid Common Stylistic Problems in Technical Writing

pencils

Technical writing isn’t just about writing on technical topics. It also includes writing in a style that allows your readers to quickly and easily understand technical information and put it to work. When writing has errors—grammatical, mechanical, or stylistic—meaning suffers and readers get lost. Many unskilled writers may write grammatically and/or mechanically correct documents that fail […]

Part II: How a Technical Writer Can Save You Money—The Hidden Costs of Outdated Technical

helpdesk

Part One of How a Technical Writer Can Save You Money discussed how a technical writer can reduce your help desk support. But another way a technical writer can save you money is by ensuring your documentation remains current. Outdated technical documentation can cut into your profit in many ways and, in extreme cases, can lead […]

7 Tips to Creating a Usable Technical Document

binders2

For a technical document to be of use to its intended audience, its contents must be accessible. Since most technical documents aren’t intended to be read from beginning to end, the reader must be able to easily and accurately locate the specific information he or she needs. Key document accessibility features may include A table of […]