Technical communication blog

With bits of copywriting, content design, and other stuff too

Technical communication blog

With bits of copywriting, content design, and other stuff too

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:

Using Flare’s Concept Links to Create ‘See Also’ Lists

It is important that from any topic, the reader can find everything they need to know about that topic and related topics.  Don’t assume they will use search features or contents to find other related topics - guide them there instead. An easy way to do this in MadCap...

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How to Open All External Links in a New Tab in MadCap Flare

Having external links (links that go to other sites, via a http: link) set to open in a new tab often leads to a better user experience. For example, if your Flare topic contains a process, and in that process there is a link to an external site for more information,...

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Technical Writer vs Copywriter vs Technical Copywriter

If you’re not part of the marketing or documentation world, it’s easy to get confused between these three common, but different, writing professions: Technical writer (also known as a technical author, especially in the UK) Technical copywriter Copywriter. You...

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Content design blog posts

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Paligo blog posts

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Freelancing blog posts

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UX blog posts

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MadCap Flare blog posts

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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.

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XML and XSLT blog posts

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MS Word blog posts

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Camtasia and Snagit blog posts

Tips and reminders for using TechSmith Camtasia and Snagit.

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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.

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