Tech Write Tips

About the family and how to join

Tech Write Tips is a collection of authors with a variety experience in the technical writing industry. We all have in common a technical bent, the desire to get the technology to work.

We aim to provide posts that both explain and expand our readship’s understanding of this rapidly evolving field.

If you would like to contribute, and join our merry band post a comment on this post.


  1. It would be nice if you had a piece here about you and why you created this blog! šŸ™‚

    Comment by Grant Hogarth — May 15, 2006 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

  2. I am looking forward to reasoned arguments, insightful comments, and enlightened musings regarding the art of technical writing.

    Comment by Coachman — July 14, 2006 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  3. An interesting and educational site. I look forward to browsing the pages and learning more about the field I find myself in.

    Comment by Sabrina — October 13, 2006 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  4. Hi,

    I am trying to improve the online help system for my company. It is a JSP-based application that, currently, just has an every-JSP-page link to full-document PDF files. I want to make it more granular and context sensitive.

    The next-generation architecture which will show up in a 1st quarter ’07 release will add Struts and AJAX to the straight-JSP approach at present.

    Comment by john gibb — November 2, 2006 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks an excellent collection. I don’t like to be picky in a public comment, but I’ll go ahead. The first sentence at the top of this page omits the word _of_. It reads:

    Tech Write Tips is a collection of authors with a variety experience in the technical writing industry.

    It should read:

    Tech Write Tips is a collection of authors with a variety of experience in the technical writing industry.

    Even better might be:

    Tech Write Tips is a collection of authors with diverse experience in the technical writing industry.

    Enough for now! Thanks again.

    Comment by Steven Greffenius — January 12, 2007 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  6. Now I see I left out a word in my comment! The first sentence should read: Thanks for an excellent collection.

    Comment by Steven Greffenius — January 12, 2007 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

  7. Hi,
    I love this blog but I don’t see an RSS feed for the posts, only for the comments. Am I missing it or do you prefer not to syndicate?


    Comment by Matt F — February 5, 2007 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  8. Hello Technical Writers:
    I am looking forward to learning from invested wordsmiths and technophiles!
    David P.

    Comment by David Poole — April 24, 2007 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  9. It looks like there isn’t that much activity here in the last few months… šŸ˜¦ I’ve been blogging (intermittently) about Framemaker, the FDK, alternatives for scripting Framemaker, and other XML/structured document tools for a little whlie at I’ve also looked at starting a wiki about Framemaker tools– there are none that seem to be currently maintained… The trick with these projects is always to get to critical mass of content, updates etc.. This is rarely an easy thing. Perhaps we can find some way to collaborate… at least syndicate each other’s content or be in each other’s blogrolls.

    Comment by framemaker hacker — May 14, 2007 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  10. I am the confused owner of Flare that only wants to create nice tidy and legible help files from Word documents. My problems if stacked end to end would reach space. This may be a site with enough patient and smart people that could help ease my pain. Whare do I start-what do I do to get some answers to what I deem to be very simple questions. Their support is not an address for most of my questions.
    Pleased to be here-anyone there?

    Comment by PAPA-MIKE — August 7, 2007 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  11. Hi. I found your blog in the Tech. Writer Blogs directory. As a vendor of help authoring software, we often have different opportunities for bloggers who write on this topic as well as news and special offers that can be of interest to your readers.
    Can you please send me an email address that I can use to communicate with you?
    My email: eugene [at]

    Comment by Eugene Ivanov — April 14, 2010 @ 9:00 am | Reply

  12. I’m at HP on contract and looking for tips and tricks!

    Comment by Nora Boyle — July 7, 2010 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  13. I find it sad that there hasn’t been any update in this blog for over 3 years. There were some very nice tips up to the last one, I especially appreciated the ones about Screen Portraits.

    If any author here is looking for inspiration, you may want to think about the following topics:
    – Flare and it’s conditional tags (doing multiple outputs from a single project)
    – Single Sourcing
    – New help systems (such as Flare’s WebHelp and AIR output)

    I’d love to read more!

    Comment by Eric Lachance — July 8, 2010 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

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