The stuff by people we like edition.
- Sarah Maddox on technical writers and public speaking
- Tom Johnson discusses something interesting: video tutorials get watched, but text gets skipped
- Anne Gentle on social support and documentation communities
- Ben Minson shares some surprising documentation survey results
- Kai Weber looks at three reasons not to hire a SME for documentation
Want or need to jump into screencasting, but don’t know where to begin? Then take a look at these resources that can help get you up and running:
- An article on how to get started screencasting from Smashing Magazine
- A detailed primer on screencasting
- An excellent introduction to screencasting
- Some screencasts on screencasting
- How to screencast using Jing (links to a PDF)
- You also might want to check out The Screencasting Handbook
- Another overview of screencasting
- A practical guide to creating learning screencasts, part 1 and part 2
- Best practices in screencasting
Do you have any favourite screencasting resources? Why not share them by leaving a comment?
- Get involved in the 2011 Google Summer of Code Doc Camp
- With enterprise social software, usability matters more than features
- Estimating the value of technical communication
- How one person failed, then finally succeeded, at learning how to code. Lessons there for all of us, even if we don’t code
- Incorporating video into technical information
Two weeks ago, the Google Summer of Code Doc Camp was announced. I won’t go into that event in this post; you can read more about it here. Maybe you’ll get involved, too.
After the announcement hit Twitter, Shaun McCance posted an interesting tweet:
I know Shaun, and I understand where he’s coming from with that tweet. Thanks to topic-based writing and online delivery, the whole idea of books and manuals seems so twentieth century. And Shaun has been developing Mallard, a topic-oriented markup language intended primarily for the delivery of help. You can read more about Mallard here.
After reading Shaun’s tweet, I got to thinking about the idea of the book.