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What Technical Writers Need to Know (?)

20th February 2012 Posted in Blog, Technical Writers, Technology & Tools 6 Comments

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According to some blogs, technical writers need to know how to use certain tools in order to be effective in these modern times.  But is this the truth?  Let’s look at the current suggestions:

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Wiki Does Technical Writing Too?

Many people turn to Wikipedia for answers to their pending and pressing questions. While this is not always a bad thing, this tool is reader compiled and thus possibly not the best resource for solid facts.

However, Wikis as a tool for technical writing do seem to have some promise. Whether one is looking to learn how to become a technical writer, or a human resources department is looking for ways to define those writers they hire, wikis can work well.

For example, the information on the Wikiversity page on technical writing, works to help those who want to find out more about:

  • Technical writing skills
  • How to get a technical writing job
  • Using technical writing in business

There are two levels of instruction available on this Wiki site, allowing students to progress through the course at their own pace and on their own time line. At the end, students who follow the lessons will have a solid understanding in the basic systems development lifecycle – or will be inspired to find out even more.

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