Sandeep's announcement on the TWIN list:
On behalf of the TWIN portal and judges, I'm glad to announce the winners of the recently-concluded TWIN Technical Writing Blogging Contest. Before getting into the specifics of the three winners, I'd like to write some boring preface...err...thank all the participants who submitted their blog posts for the contest. It was both informative and fun to read posts on some really diverse topics. And don't believe a word when Suman announced that we're going to publicly ridicule the really sad posts. That I AM announcing the winners instead of him is sufficient proof of the kind of evil we're convinced he is capable of.
Edit simply means to prepare a document either for publication or presentation, by correcting, revising, or adapting. Technical Editing can involve copy-editing
documents to verify technical content, to a disguised form of usability testing. As there can be mishaps in communications, and technical glitches, editing ensures
that all content - in the correct format - has made it to the final draft.
There are three levels of technical editing:
1. Editing the text for grammatical, spelling, and style errors.
Here I come with a sincere effort to unfold multiple layers of the lifeblood of ageless interaction - Teacher to student, old to new employee, peer-to-peer, inter-generational and Human Computer.
Masterpieces, inventions, great recipes, sure-shot remedies, ways to use a product, news items all are stored in words for people to derive the most of it and to enable subsequent generations to learn, improvise and develop further. Hadn't it been for these literary works, treasures would have been lost in oblivion.
Just for a moment imagine that I am Shah Rukh Khan, and you, a contestant one step away from winning Kaun Banega Karorpati. Because I need to have one name, and the people reading this article, at least in my imagination, are so many, I will stick to the universally accepted name, John Doe. Please spell your name every time you read John Doe. My methods of customizing things, you already acknowledge, are extremely primitive.
Technical writing process
Technical writing means communicating to the user in simple layman’s language so that he is able to grasp and understand the concepts properly.It usually consists of writing project proposals, technical manuals, and user guides. The technical writing process can be divided into five steps:
1.Define the purpose
4.Organize and outline information
5.Write the first draft
6.Revise and edit
Define the purpose
My entry into the writing field was by chance. I liked to keep legible notes of what I learned and my favorite pastime was to take down notes on sheets of paper or a notebook. But loose papers were bound to be misplaced and notebooks were bound to get torn and tattered over a period of time due to constant handling. This realisation started my quest for an electronic medium to replace my trusted but well worn notebook and reams of paper scribbled with my notes.
The e-training content developers in our team are, without an exception, loyal defenders of interactive learning that help learners acquire skills in an active and constructive way. We want to extend and augment the learning experience of our e-learners beyond the short duration of the courses we offer. When e-learning becomes an enjoyable and enlightening collaborative communication that situates the content of the courses in the life of the learner, we believe web enabled academic spaces become catalysts of on going learning and exploration.
‘Like you know…we have no clear idea on the job profile. But like you know, it’s a very creative and lucrative one for sure’, said my `like-you-know’ manager when I came for the interview. The post was that of a Technical author and I was supposed to work on something called `Boomerang’. What on world was Boomerang? I did not want to ask more to my Manager, as he already seemed to be troubled with my puzzled face. And I did not want to hear that `Like you know …’ as I did not know, in the first place.
Wave One – The WIN Paradigm Shift
“Style noun, verb styled, styl•ing. the mode of expressing thought in writing or speaking by selecting and arranging words, considered with respect to clearness, effectiveness, euphony, or the like, that is characteristic of a group, period, person, personality, etc.”
The ticket-buying experience at a Mumbai railway station is always a time-consuming task; even on weekends and even at 5.00 am in the morning! However, the recent introduction of the ticket vending machines by Western Railways, with an interactive touch screen, has made it quite a convenient experience.