Monthly Archives: July 2013

Why is writing the only profession untouched by its tools?

Why is writing the only profession untouched by its tools? Larry Kunz strikes a familiar note in his recent blog post, Tools come and go. I’m still a writer. I’m a writer. Once I used a typewriter. Now I use XML editors. If I stay at this long enough, other tools will come and I’ll learn… Read More »

Improving First Run Quality

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Improving the content creation process

The enormous improvements in quality and productivity that have occurred in industry over the last several decades can, in large part, be attributed to a focus on improving first-run quality. In traditional production line environments, the golden rule was never to stop the production line. Any faults that might occur or be noticed while the… Read More »

What is Minimalism?

Ask what minimalism is (in a Tech Comm context), and you are likely to get a recitation of the four principles of minimalism. Per JoAnn Hackos, the four basic principles of minimalism are ♦ Principle 1: Choose an action-oriented approach ♦ Principle 2: Anchor the tool in the task domain ♦ Principle 3: Support error… Read More »