August 2016

August 2016 | By Lou Cremers 

English as a global language

Multinational companies that export to many different countries might well spend millions of euros per year on documentation and localization. An adequate language and automation strategy helps to drastically reduce localization costs and speed up the documentation cycle. The Dutch company Océ shares its journey of improving content quality and translatability.read more...

August 2016 | By Herbert Kaiser 

Simplified Technical English – a globally proven trendsetter

Even 30 years after its initial launch, Simplified Technical English (STE) continues to set itself apart from the bulk of publications on structured/rule-based/controlled writing that have appeared since. So what makes this controlled language so successful?read more...

August 2016 | By Elanna Mariniello and Afaf Steiert 

The human role in a machine-translated world

The rise of machine translation has left human translators with an uncertain future. But the translation industry cannot depend on machines alone and won’t be able to any time soon. So where do translators find their new place?read more...

July 2016 | By Karina Lehrner-Mayer 

Five tips for creating documentation that focuses on the user

Software documentation is not about describing each toolbar button and menu option. Smart technical writers help users. Here are some practical tips that let you zoom in on the people you write for, increase the quality of your user assistance and prove your value to the company.read more...

July 2016 | By Birgit Lutzer 

Content that feels good: Addressing the reader’s senses

Soliciting emotions makes technical content, such as sales and training documents, more comprehensible and convincing. What options are available for making technical content more absorbing and to help win over the reader?read more...

July 2016 | By Samiksha Chaudhuri 

"Dare to go as far as your thoughts lead"

An inspirational Indian leader of the 19th century provides modern managers with food for thought and stimulating management guidelines of a different type.read more...

May 2016 | By Christoph Jansen 

Management skills for technical writers

As the duties and tasks of technical writers are evolving, so are their positions within the organization. Writers are now taking on management tasks in interdisciplinary projects or in editing. How can they prepare themselves for these roles?read more...