Technical Communication Blog

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. The comments were lost in migration too. 

Craig Wright

Craig Wright

Technical Writer

Technical Communication Blog Posts

General posts about technical communication:

Topic-Based Documentation

Topic-based documentation is a more modular approach to creating technical communication. Instead of writing all the content in one document, you create sections in separate files. This can save you a lot of time, effort, and money when updating your content. Click the link to find out more.

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Content Reuse

What is content reuse and how do technical writers use it to save time and reduce costs? In this post, experienced technical writer, Craig Wright, explains the pros and cons of content reuse.

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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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Accordion Menu in MadCap Flare – Part Five

This is Part 5 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 In this post, I'm going to...

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Paligo Blog Posts

Paligo: How to Create Subsections

Headings, Sub-headings, and Chunking If you're new to Paligo, you might be wondering how to add sub-headings to your topics. In this article, I'll show you the various ways of creating sub-headings in your output and explain the pros and cons of each. Let's start by...

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Paligo: Topic or Informal Topic?

Should you create a topic or an informal topic for your content in Paligo? Freelance technical writer Craig Wright explains when to use topics and when to use informal topics. This post is aimed at authors who are new to Paligo and are looking for info on topics vs informal topics.

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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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Getting Started with DITA

Are you trying to learn DITA? Would you like some FREE instructions on how to get started and create a small DITA project? I know just the place to look... Learn DITA on Your Own at eXtreme Technical Writing Does this sound familiar to you? You work as a technical...

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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

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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HELP! Microsoft Word’s Restart Numbering Doesn’t Work

Actually, it does. Sort of. Some of the time, anyway. But if Restart Numbering has you pulling you hair out (hey, at least you’ve got some to pull), here’s a handy work-around. I won’t say it works 100% of the time, but it has resolved most of my restart numbering...

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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.

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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Accordion Menu in MadCap Flare – Part Five

This is Part 5 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 In this post, I'm going to...

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