Introduction to Technical Writing (podcast)
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Length: 43 min.
In this podcast, I talk with Ricardo Amigo, a translator and podcaster in Mexico City and Costa Rica, about the field of technical writing. This podcast is more of a reverse interview. Instead of me asking the questions, Ricardo interviews me. The general topic is the field of technical writing, including all of the following:
- My path into technical writing
- Structured authoring
- XML and DITA
- Information architecture
- Usability -- for documentation and software interfaces
- Publication formats for help material
- Breaking into technical writing
- Tools for help authoring
- The growth of technical writing
- Creativity and technical writing
- A typical day as a technical writer
- Translation techniques and tools
- Simplified technical English
Ricardo's company is called Amigo Audio, and they principally do translation. For example, if you need your manual or software interface translated, Amigo Audio can help. You can contact Ricardo Amigo at [email protected]. Additionally, you can read more about their translation services at Amigo Audio.
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About Tom Johnson
I'm a technical writer based in the California San Francisco Bay area. In this blog, I write about topics related to technical communication — Swagger, agile, trends, learning, plain language, quick reference guides, tech comm careers, academics, and more. I'm interested in simplifying complexity, API documentation, visual communication, information architecture and findability, and more. If you're a technical writer of any kind (progressional, transitioning, student), be sure to subscribe to email updates using the form above. You can learn more about me here. You can also contact me with questions.