Tag Archives: Screencasts

From DITA to VITA: Tracing Origins and Projecting the Future

With my recent reflections on long versus short text, a comment by Michael O’neil made me wonder whether the “reading to do” mode equated with DITA’s task type, and whether the “reading to learn” mode equated to DITA’s concept type. In researching this, I stumbled across a goldmine of an article on the History of Continue Reading »

Making Help Content Enjoyable to Read — Impossible Quest?

In my previous post (“Less Text, Please”), I argued that users want shorter texts. I also explained how social media and Internet sites have possibly rewired our brains to incline us toward shorter content — according to some, our gnat-like attention spans can only consume a few short paragraphs before tapping out. The Onion has Continue Reading »

Why I’m So Visible

The other week I was in Atlanta preparing for a keynote address at Currents when my host, Chris Snider, asked me what question I’m most afraid people will ask. Although I didn’t say it at the time, the question I fear most is this: “Exactly how long have you been a technical writer?” About five Continue Reading »

The Perfect Voice — Professional or Authentic?

One trend I think we’ll see more and more is the decrease of professional voiceover actors in screencasts when those voiceover actors are merely reading a script they don’t understand. As an example, watch some of the tutorials at lynda.com. The narrators may not be professional voiceover actors, but they are subject matter experts. You can tell Continue Reading »

Searching STC Resources for Information

One of the advantages of belonging to the Society for Technical Communication (STC) is having access to the rich information sources on technical communication. These sources include Intercom, the Technical Communication Journal, past proceedings from conferences, the Notebook blog, and more. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single search that allows you to comprehensively search all of Continue Reading »