Craig Wright, UK Technical Author

Technical Communication Blog

Craig Wright, Technical Writer

Technical Communication Blog

Craig Wright – Technical writer and copywriter

Technical Writer, Craig Wright

Welcome to the StrayGoat Technical Communication Blog.

Here, I’ll be posting technical writing advice, opinion pieces, recommendations, and explanations on how to achieve various tasks with different software tools. (The latter of which is going to be a reminder for me as much as anyone else!).

If you find the technical writing advice posts useful, please leave a comment.

Some of the older posts have some formatting issues, due to conversion problems when I upgraded the site theme. Sadly, the comments were lost in migration too. 

Technical Communication Blog Posts

General posts about technical communication:

Voice-overs for videos when your own voice is a bit shit

What can you do when you need to create an audio commentary for a video, but your own voice isn't a good match? If you have the resources, you could hire a voice artist, but if that's not a possibility, you might want to try an automatic speech tool. In this post, I'm...

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Who hires technical writers?

In the UK, technical writers are hired by organisations in many industries. Judging by the various job boards, software and engineering companies are still the main employers of tech writers. Now and again, I'm contacted by someone who is interested in becoming a...

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MadCap Flare Blog Posts

Accordion Menu in MadCap Flare – Part Six

This is Part 6 of a series of posts on how to create the following layout, complete with accordion menu and slide-in drill-down menu, in MadCap Flare. If you missed the previous parts, here are links: Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Part Five In this post, I'm...

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Paligo Blog Posts

Paligo – Styling nested topics

How do you style nested topics in Paligo? Learn how to change the appearance of topic elements depending on whether they are standalone or nested (no chunk)

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Paligo – Taking control of the see also section

When you create a HTML5 output in Paligo, 'See also' sections are automatically added to the bottom of topics that have children. This can be really handy, as it makes sense to link to those from the 'parent' topic. But sometimes, you may want a different set of links...

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Paligo – Information Typing

Information typing can help you organise your content so that it is easier to manage and reuse to scale. This post explains information typing in Paligo.

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DITA Blog Posts

Here are some posts about DITA. I rarely post about DITA, as I don’t use it, but sometimes post about how to achieve certain things.

Technical Writing Tools – Do You Need to Know Every Tool?

Have you ever felt yourself becoming overwhelmed with the amount of things you need to learn? Join the club. Since quitting the day job as an employed technical writer and trying my hand at contracting, I’ve been compelled to learn more about a variety of...

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How to Install the DITA HTML5 Plug-In (oXygen XML Editor)

Hands up. Guilty as charged. Sometimes I don't write with you, the reader in mind. You see, I have a memory like a sieve, so this blog can also act as a storage space for the things I need to remember, but probably won't. Such as the following instructions on how to...

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XML and XSLT Blog Posts

Namespaces (XML): Learning XSLT CPD Diary

This series of XSLT posts are designed as a learning diary, to aid my Continuing Professional Development which is a requirement for fellowship status in the ISTC. I will be posting about my learning and in this post, I cover something that caused significant...

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MS Word Blog Posts

How to delete ‘phantom’ pictures in MS Word on Mac

  Do you have a 'phantom' image in a Word document that you just can't delete? You can see the image, but you can't cut it or delete it, right? Here's how to get rid of the pesky little bleeder. 1. Show the paragraph markers.   2. Highlight all of the paragraph...

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MS Word – Cursor stuck as a grab hand

Are you working on a Microsoft Word document and you're stuck because the cursor has become a hand? It's super-easy to fix. All you need to do is press the Esc key. That will switch the cursor back to the regular pointy selection cursor. Why does Word change to the...

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Technical Writing Tools – Do You Need to Know Every Tool?

Have you ever felt yourself becoming overwhelmed with the amount of things you need to learn? Join the club. Since quitting the day job as an employed technical writer and trying my hand at contracting, I’ve been compelled to learn more about a variety of...

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Camtasia and Snagit Posts

Tips and reminders for using TechSmith Camtasia and Snagit.

Non-Technical Communication Posts

Sometimes, I post things that are nothing to do with tech comm, but people might find useful. You’ll find those posts here.

Fellow of the ISTC…and now the obligatory CPD

Committed to Continuing Professional Development in Technical Communication In January 2015, I was accepted as a fellow of the ISTC  (Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators). My new status means that I now have to satisfy the CPD (Continuing Professional...

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craigwright@straygoat.co.uk

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