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Accidence Happen: Review of a Non-Pedantic Guide to Language Change

Oliver Kamm’s Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English explores language change, the ways in which language is used today, and how experts discuss conventions and usage. According to Kamm, experts can be divided into two camps: Linguists (who are interested in the history of the language) Pedants or sticklers (who are only interested […]

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The Internet of Things: Insights from CeBIT

One of the major events on the tech calendar is CeBIT, which takes place in Hannover, Germany annually, and brings together a wide spectrum of B2B industries. This year, the lead theme of the event, ‘d!conomy: join – create – succeed‘, focused attention on the digital transformation of business. Exhibitors and speakers displayed and discussed […]

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Techcomm Education: What’s Going On?

We recently learned that academic institutions in the UK are no longer providing third-level qualifications in technical communication. Several techcomm courses that had existed at various universities have been shut down. The topic of techcomm education was already one in which we were keenly interested and actively involved. This information seemed to contradict our perception […]

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Techcomm Today: Survey Findings

Techcomm education was a hot topic at the recent Technical Communications UK conference (TCUK), fuelling two panel sessions and many conversations outside of the formal programme. At the event, we conducted a survey exploring the qualifications, skills, knowledge, and experience techcomm practitioners bring to and use in their roles. About Our Findings We encountered great […]

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Tips for Embarking on a Career in Technical Writing

I was recently invited to give a guest lecture to students at the University of Limerick (UL) in Ireland who are studying technical communication. The university offers a range of part-time and full-time courses in this area both for undergraduate and post-graduate students, including the popular, industry-focused M.A. in Technical Communication and E-Learning. As a […]

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TWi Named an Emergent Techcomm Leader in 2011

MindTouch, a US-based company that has developed a cloud-based help system of the same name, recently released a list of the most influential techcomm* leaders in 2011. We were delighted that Technically Write IT (TWi) was recognised as a techcomm leader by ranking fifth in the Most Emergent Techcomm Influencer category, which identifies individuals and organisations with the […]

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