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A Few Conversations at Doc Train — User Personas, Data Conversion, and Simplified Technical English

by Tom Johnson on May 1, 2007 •
categories: podcasts

While I was at Doc Train, I recorded a few brief podcasts with several people. Unfortunately I had some microphone issues so the sound quality isn't good. But you can still hear them. I talked with experts on user personas, data conversion, and simplified technical English.

I talked with Joan LaSalle of Lasselle-Ramsay about user personas, ethnographies, and user-centered design.

Download Lasselle MP3 (8 min.)

I also talked with Don Bridges of Data Conversion Laboratory, about how he converts large amounts of data into XML and other formats.

Download Bridges MP3 (6 min.)

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I also talked with Berry Braster of TedoPres about controlled English and the importance of simplicity and clarity.

Download Braster MP3 (7 min.)

You may have to point your ears to make out all the voices in these recordings, particularly in the last one, where staff was actually taking down our conference room. All of these people were super interesting, and I will have to do a full-length podcast with them at some future time. This was also my first attempt to record people live at a conference. It's quite fun to do this, but I might need to invest in an expensive Edirol recorder to get the sound quality I want.

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Tom Johnson

I'm a technical writer / API doc specialist based in the Seattle area. In this blog, I write about topics related to technical writing and communication — such as software documentation, API documentation, visual communication, information architecture, writing techniques, plain language, tech comm careers, and more. Check out simplifying complexity and API documentation for some deep dives into these topics. If you're a technical writer and want to keep on top of the latest trends in the field, be sure to subscribe to email updates. You can also learn more about me or contact me.