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The Tyranny of the Terrible Troika: Rethinking Concept, Task, and Reference

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Tyranny of the terrible troica: task concept and reference reconsideredTom Johnson’s blog post Unconscious Meaning Suggested from the Structure and Shape of Help, includes a graphic showing three shapes of content: Tom Johnson’s “Shapes of Help” graphic. These three shapes are meant to represent the DITA […]

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Everything Else is not a Concept

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Tyranny of the terrible troica: task concept and reference reconsideredIn any system that attempts to classify the whole of something, there is usually a category that essentially constitutes “everything else”. In the terrible troika of task, concept, and reference, that role belongs to “concept”.  In […]

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We Must Develop Topic-Based Information Design

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Tyranny of the terrible troica: task concept and reference reconsideredThere is a lot of talk in tech comm today about topic-based writing, but very little about topic-based information design. This is a problem, because, in the age of the Web, and particularly of the mobile […]

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