November 2017

November 2017 | Text by Marita Tjarks-Sobhani. Translated by Translations4IT 

Humor to change American liability law

Everyone has seen or heard of the apparently exaggerated warning labels and legal disputes in the US. The most absurd ones are ripe for for special competitions. However, they appear to be funny only at first glance.read more...

November 2017 | Text by Don DePalma 

Talk to me

There’s an explosion of speech interfaces for computers, smartphones, and other devices. None of them would pass the Turing Test, a classic test for determining whether a computer is thinking and responding as a human would. However, developers around the world are enhancing conversational user interfaces (CUIs) to mimic human response.read more...

November 2017 | Text by Alan Houser 

Exploring voice applications for user assistance

Voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri have been around long enough to become much relied-on aides for millions of users. They also offer great opportunities for user assistance. However, while the tools are already out there, the tc community has yet to fully seize these possibilities.read more...

November 2017 | Text by Nithya Krishnan 

Why click when you can chat? – Transitioning to conversational UIs

Conversational user interfaces have made their way into our everyday lives and they are here to stay. But what does this mean for technical communicators? How can we adjust our writing style away from the matter-of-fact tenor that has been instilled in us and towards a relaxed, conversational tone?read more...

October 2017 | By Martin Jung and Caroline Poersch 

Virtual training delivers real benefits

Digitalization influences most aspects of our lives, including the way we learn. Technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) bring entirely new perspectives. But is VR just about technical gimmicks? Or will it help to improve the acquisition of knowledge in the long term?read more...

October 2017 | Text by Saul Carliner 

Communicating with Canada, Europe’s newest trading partner

In the past year, Canada became Europe’s newest trading partner, a relationship sealed with the ratification of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). So who is this partner? And more importantly, how can technical communicators fashion materials for the Canadian market?read more...

October 2017 | By Monica Xie 

Technical communication gains ground at Chinese universities

The profession of technical communication is still in its infancy in China. But this is set to change as the demand for trained tc professionals is growing steadily. Fudan University in Shanghai recently introduced students to this promising sector. read more...