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Introduction to Technical Writing (podcast)

by Tom Johnson on Mar 24, 2009 •
categories: beginners creativitypodcasts

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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

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 my API documentation if you're looking for more info about that. 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. Finally, note that the opinions I express on my blog are my own points of view, not that of my employer.