Monthly Archives: November 2011

Are We Causing Readers to Forget?

Could the way we organize content actually be causing readers to forget what they have read, or even why they were reading? In a post on the Technical Communication Professionals Email List, Mike Tulloch provides a link to a study from Notre Dame that suggest that walking through doors causes people to forget things  (http://newsinfo.nd.edu/news/27476-walking-through-doorways-causes-forgetting-new-research-shows/).… Read More »

Do Structured Writing and Crowdsourcing Mix?

Are structured writing and crowd-sourced content on divergent paths, or can you have both? It’s a pretty hot topic right now. Sarah O’Keefe recently  tweeted: Must push XML and structure out to masses and need better tools for that @boses#lavacon Linda Urban recently tweeted this: Yep! RT @finiteattention: The problems of crowdsourced user assistance: http://xkcd.com/979#ua#techcomm… Read More »

EPPO Topics Conform to a Type

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Characteristics of an EPPO topic

One of the more unexpected characteristics of Every Page is Page One topics, is that they tend to conform to a type. We tend to think of topic typing as something specific to structured writing, something that is not natural to how we write, but something that is imposed on content for the sake of… Read More »