December 17, 2013

Innovative idea to organize information-Google Tip


Most of us directly get to the Google search engine and look for solutions whenever we encounter problems related to Google's services including Gmail, Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. We visit various websites and keep hunting them until we get the best solution to our problems.

But to facilitate your experience with its products and services, Google has come up with a website - Google Tips - that includes tips related to its wide range of services. Users can search for tips by a service/product.

Tips are presented in the form of cards. Find a card based on your needs and flip it over to learn more. For instance, one of the tips under the Android sections is "Never lose contact with your contacts." The moment you click on any card, it turns over and comes up with a detailed tutorial describing how to use a particular tip.



Tips are presented in the form of cards. Find a card based on your needs and flip it over to learn more.



Users can share tips with their friends and can also suggest tips to Google, if they have any. You can simply click on "Suggest a card" button to suggest a tip.

December 16, 2013

Quick Grammar test

Just bump on the awesome link .

Free grammar test on staple website.You will surely enjoy it :-)


Click image to open interactive version (via Staples.ca).

ADIDians do not forget to share your score.

December 6, 2013

Why active voice in technical writing?

Active voice makes it clear who is doing what. In an active sentence, the person that is acting is the subject. Passive sentences obscure or omit the sentence subject.

Use passive voice when the sentence object is more important than the subject. The active voice is generally easier to read.

Examples (subject, object)

Before: Our results will be discussed.
After: We will discuss our results.

Before: Wolverine was made to be a weapon.
After: The government made Wolverine. Wolverine is a weapon.

November 25, 2013

Techwriters Jobs

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This is a first and No.1 Free community Job Portal for technical writers in India and abroad.

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June 20, 2013

Delhi NCR STC Regional Conference at Delhi (NCR) on June 29, 2013

STC India Chapter is glad to announce the regional conference of this year for Delhi (NCR).
The theme of this conference is mobile learning.
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Sponsor: Adobe
The future of TechComm is here! With increased globalization, digitization and mobile device penetration, the technical content we deliver has to be contextual and easily available. Adobe’s tools and services are focused on creating ground-breaking content, deploying it across devices, and achieving greater business success. Our award-winning software have set the standard for communication and collaboration for more than 25 years. And now that the future of TechComm is here, Adobe is here as your partners-in-success! 
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Agenda:
9:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. Registrations
9:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. Introduction and Welcome Note
10:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. Socializing the Help by Khushwant Singh
10:45 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. Tea Break
11:15 A.M. to 12:00 Noon Panel Discussion on Mobile Learning
12:00 Noon to 12:45 P.M. Effective User Assistance for Mobile Devices by Mrini Gorla
12:45 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Lunch Break
2:00 P.M. to 2:45 P.M. Online Videos: Types, Impacts, and Best Practices by Nabaneeta Sarkar
2:45 P.M. to 3:45 P.M.  Mobile Responsive Interface Design: Good for Technical Writers by Ankur Srivastava and Abhijit Paul Choudhury
3:45 P.M to 4:15 P.M. Tea Break
4:15 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Unconference          
5:00 P.M. to 5:45 P.M. Overview of Technical Communication by Rajeev Jain
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Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013
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Fees: Free
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Registration for the session is mandatory.
To register, complete the following form:
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Venue
HOTEL CHIRAG RESIDENCY
B-18, Chirag Enclave, Nehru Place,
Opp to Devika Tower, New Delhi – 110019.
Mob. 9899356793, 9871541085
Ph: No.: +91 11 49541111 
 
website:
 www.chiragresidency.com
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Speaker Details:
Mrini Gorla
Mrini is Senior Project Leader in ADP with about 12 years of experience in the field of information development.
She presented a paper “Implementing Mobile-friendly Help” at the 14th annual STC India conference in Bangalore, 2012.
Nabaneeta Sarkar
She is working as a senior technical writer for ADP Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad. She co-presented a paper “Video as a Genre in Technical Communication” at the 14th annual STC India conference in Bangalore, 2012. This paper won the STC Best Presentation Award for 2012.  She is also presenting a paper in STC Zip conference in Pune on 22nd June, 2013.
Khushwant Singh
Khushwant Singh is Content and Community Lead at Adobe. He has an experience of 6 years. An IT Engineer by education, he likes to play around with scripts and new ideas in content. He has hands-on experience migrating structured content to DITA

Abhijit Paul Choudhury
Abhijit Paul Choudhury is in the technical communication field for the past six years. He is currently working in Freescale India Pvt. Ltd., as a Technical Writer and has worked on Framemaker, Acrobat, Inkscape, XML, CMS etc. He was earlier a part of EFY Enterprises Pvt. Ltd and has written for Electronics For You and Linux For You magazine. Apart from this, during his leisure time, he likes to hack on open source. 

Ankur Srivastava
Ankur Srivastava is in the technical communication field for the past 12+ years, majorly in semiconductor domain. He has worked with tools/technologies like Framemaker, Captivate, Photoshop, Acrobat, SnagIt, XML and is currently working on DITA concepts and methodologies at Freescale India Pvt. Ltd., Noida. Earlier, Ankur has worked with STMicroelectronics India and Innodata-Isogen India.
Rajeev Jain
Rajeev Jain is an author and business management professional with more than 20 years of corporate experience. He has worked with and managed global teams. He has received laurels and appreciations for his magnum opus - Y2K and India - from legends like Narayan Murthy, Chandrashekhar Naidu, and Dr. Y.S. Rajan.  He is volunteering for STC-India as Education and Scholarship manager.
Thanks and Regards,
Rahul Karn
STC NCR City Representative



April 24, 2013

STC India education initiative at RDIAS,New Delhi

STC India education initiative in New Delhi on 6 April,201 3



Rahul karn and Rajeev Jain talking with students
Going in the colleges and interacting with the new  generation is really a very awesome experience.Recently STC i gave me this  golden chance to talk about technical writing  in RDIAS college,Rohini.


Sharing report of Rajeev Jain who really did a very commendable job by organizing this event and a warm thanks for inviting me on this wonderful event.







 This is report of STC India education initiative circulated by Rajeev Jain.

 
About STC India education initiative

Roli Sinha sharing her experience
This is the first time in the history of  STC-India that the education team is reaching out to college and universities to conduct awareness sessions about technical communication, and help the students understand the career opportunities in the field of technical communication. STC India is making an attempt to bridge the Academia-Corporate gap by conducting FREE mentoring and guidance sessions.  STC India team is extending all possible help to students, faculty, and colleges to:
- Conduct awareness sessions on technical communication
- Explore job/career opportunities in this field
- Create curriculum for the short-term Industry-Ready courses
- Help them understand the corporate needs and expectations from a Fresh Graduate
- Enhance students employability and make them corporate ready and even connect them with recruiter
- Invite them to attend STC India conferences, seminars, workshops, and other events

Event Update
Venue: Rukmini Devi Institute of Advanced Studies (RDIAS), Rohini, New Delhi.
Date: April 6th, 2013

STC India Education team of 3R’s (Rajeev, Roli, and Rahul Karn) travelled from different locations to reach the venue on time. Roli and Rahul travelled all the way from other end of Delhi to reach the venue on time. STC team was greeted by dean-academics, director, and the senior professors of the college. All three of us were excited and were hoping at least 50-55 students (since it was a weekend, and the college was open only for this event). We were surprised to see almost 80+ MBA and MCA students.

The session started around 10.15 am. Rajeev started the session by asking questions, such as
·         what made students attend this event?
·         why did  they opt for the Master degree in management or computers?
·         what are the different job opportunities they are aware of?

We were surprised to know that many students had heard about technical communication but till date they had no-one who could explain and guide them. Rajeev gave a brief introduction about technical communication. He shared many Bollywood and real life examples to explain the concepts in simple language. Roli shared her hiring experiences and what are the corporate expectations from a fresh graduate. She gave excellent examples of why certain skills are necessary to excel in this field. There were many lighter moments when Rahul started asking questions as a fresher who is looking for first job. This helped students to open up and they started asking more and more questions. Rahul added more spice by sharing his valentine competition story.

Some of the questions asked by students were related to:
1.       Starting salary and growth opportunities.
2.       Skill set required to excel in this field.
3.       Corporate expectations from a fresher
4.       Differences between technical writer and content writer.
5.       Work-life balance and work timings.
6.       Why companies dont come for campus placement to hire fresher as writers?

We anticipated that the event may get over by 12.00 o’clock, but we had to finally stop at 1.00 pm. We promised them to come back again to take up their remaining queries and conduct more sessions.

Feedback
Rajeev hosting the talk
The college management shared instant feedback and informed us that the students were extremely happy and they found the session to be very good, interactive, and useful. The students wanted more sessions from the STC India team. The college management also invited us to conduct one or more event for students of other colleges of their group.
Thank You Note: I take this opportunity to thank Roli and Rahul for all volunteer help and making it to the venue on time.

The college academics and management team showed interest in introducing business communication and technical writing course for the MBA and MCA students on trial basis. Rajeev also checked their interest in hosting STC India conferences and other events and they happily offered their premises to conduct more such events.

Next Event
STC-India team is committed to conduct more such awareness sessions and workshops in colleges across the country. The next event is scheduled for April 13th at KIIT engineering and management college, Gurgaon. You are most welcome to volunteer and share your experiences with the students in future events.

For more queries or information
If you have any queries or need more information or know of any college or university interested in conducting such events at their premises, please contact Rajeev Jain (rajeevjain72@gamil.com ),Rahul Karn (rahulkkarn@gmail.com) or Ramesh Aiyyangar (president@stc-india.com).

Let’s work together to promote technical communication and contribute our niche to bridge the Academic-Corporate gap.

On behalf of STC-India
-Rajeev Jain
Education and Scholarship Manager

February 4, 2013

Are Technical Writers and Content Writers Same?

In an initiative to  encourage ADID Alumni and other technical writers to share technical writing knowledge,ADID invited Jaspal Singh to share his experience as content writer and technical writer, he come up with well knit and researched post .

You can write to him or post comment to ask anything dropping from your mind on changing profession from content writing to technical writing..


To a layman, technical writing and content writing might come across as a similar thing. There are various attributes that are common between both professions. However, one can easily find aspects that discern one from the other. 

Basic job of technical writers is to develop and design technical documentation in which creativity as well as knowledge about technology is required. On the other hand, content writers write for websites, newspapers and magazines. Before discussing the differences, let’s talk about their common attributes first. 

  • Excellent grammar 
  • Outstanding writing skills 
  • Good analytical skills 
  • Need to identify the target audience
Following table represents factors that distinguish Technical Writing from Content Writing:

Content Writing
Technical Writing
Excellent Grammar and Writing Skills
Excellent Grammar and Writing Skills + Technical Knowledge
Write-ups should be interesting so that audience can find a connection
Write-ups should be user-friendly with clear and crisp information
Need to exaggerate things
Need to make common people aware about the technology without using hardcore technical terms (jargons).
Basic computer skills with fair knowledge of fundamental software packages and good knowledge of Internet and searching options
Software packages to know in addition to basic package:
·        RoboHelp
·        Adobe Framemaker
·        Camatasia
·        SnagIT

Attention-grabbing writing style is a must
Need to understand the domain and the target audience
Knowledge about current affairs
Knowledge about latest technology
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February 1, 2013

MYSTERY OF ‘COMMA’ AND ‘INVERTED COMMA’ UNVEILED

Some Rules for Comma and Inverted Comma.

This guest post is from Raksha Pradeep,Director of ApraDocs Information Developers, New Delhiholds a Masters Degree in Business management in Human Resource from IBS, Mumbai University .Apart from her services in corporate sector she is also involved with various reputed institutes as visiting/ guest faculty for Business Communication.

Comma (,)

A comma is a punctuation used to denote a pause in the sentence. A comma is used to structure a sentence and helps the reader understand the meaning of the sentence.
Place a comma after each introductory word, phrase, or clause.
Eventually, she had to admit that he was the better classical singer.
In the introductory speech, the philosopher appears to be a scholar of the topic.

Whenever I get break from my busy schedule, I go to my mother’s apartment to relax.
Use comma:
·         To join the items in list:
They own a cat, a dog, two rabbits, and six mice
·         After certain adverbs:
Commas are always used to set off certain adverbs at the beginning of a sentence, including however, in fact, therefore, nevertheless, moreover, furthermore, and still.
If these adverbs appear in the middle of a sentence, they are followed and preceded by a comma.
(can be preceded by a semicolon)
Using commas to offset certain adverbs is optional, including then, so, yet, instead, and too .
Ex-So, that's it for this rule. or
So that's it for this rule.
·         Parenthetical phrases
Commas are often used to enclose parenthetical words and phrases within a sentence (i.e., information that is not essential to the meaning of the sentence).
Ex- M S Dhoni, Cricket Captain of India, hit the ball to score a six.
·         Between Adjectives
·         Before quotes
·         In dates (only when it is written in month day format)
Ex- January 21, 2013
·         In Numbers:
Ex- In representing large numbers, English texts usually use commas to separate each group of three digits. (numbers of 5 or more digits)
·         In names:
Commas are used when writing names where surname is presented first: Smith, John. They are also used before many titles that follow a name: John Smith, Ph.D.
·         As an ellipsis:
·         Commas may be used to indicate that a word has been omitted, as in The cat was white; the dog, brown. (Here the comma replaces was.)
to set off a direct address:
Vijay, will you please close the door?
·         The same rule applies when you replace the name with a word which defines the relationship.
Darling, will you marry me?
Doctor, Is everything fine?
·         Place a comma before and after the name of a state when you name a city and state in a sentence.
·         If you include a full address in a sentence, place a comma between each part of the address except for the zip code. No commas should be placed either before or after the zip code. 
·         Place a comma before the coordinating conjunction when you combine two independent clauses into a single sentence.
Ex- Neha studies very hard , but  she still gets poor grades in English.
·         Place a comma after but not before a dependent clause.
Ex- Dependent clause, Independent clause
Independent clause Dependent clause
·         Comma is always placed between the speaker and the direct quote.
·         Place a comma where a pause is required in order to avoid misreading.

Apostrophe (‘) 
 Apostrophes are used to show possession and omission.
1. Used to show possession: Possession means ownership. When you want to indicate that an object or a trait belongs to or is an attribute of someone or something, you use an apostrophe. Where you place the apostrophe depends on whether the possessive noun or pronoun is singular or plural. 
To form the possessive of a singular noun, add an apostrophe and an s.
o   Tree’s leaf
2.    To form the possessive of a singular proper noun, add an apostrophe and an s, even if the proper noun already ends in s:
o   Doll owned by Sita – Sita’s doll, Jesus’s love
To form the possessive of a plural noun that already ends in s, add only an apostrophe:
The officials decision--(the decision was made by a group of officials)
To form the possessive of a plural proper noun, add only an apostrophe:
The Indians' protest
To form the possessive of an irregular plural noun that does not end in s add an apostrophe and an s:
Children’s bag

Forming Possessive Compound Nouns
If ownership is separate, make each noun possessive by adding the appropriate apostrophe or an apostrophe and an s:
During Dussehra break, I'll be staying at my brother's and my sister's houses.
The brother and sister separately own separate houses. 

If ownership is shared, make only the final noun possessive:
Every year, I visit my mom and dad's winter cottage and summer house.
Mom and dad jointly own both residences. 



3.Used to show contractions of words: Use an apostrophe in place of omitted letters in contractions:
o   It is so hot today – It’s so hot today
o   I have not done my homework – I haven’t done my homework
Use an apostrophe to indicate omissions in dates and expressions.
80’s, the class of ‘36, singing ‘n’ dancing
The most common apostrophe error is using the apostrophe when what you really want is a plural noun rather than a possessive one. Let’s take examples to illustrate the usage:-
The hares burrows
You have hares and you have burrows, but you don't know the relationship between them.
The hare's burrow
one hare has one burrow.
The hare's burrows
now one hare has multiple burrows.
The hares' burrow
Multiple hares is sharing one burrow.
The hares' burrows
Lots of hares have lots of burrows.
Don't use an apostrophe with personal pronouns. Ex- yours, theirs
Know to differentiate between possession and contraction
Ex- it’s and its. It’s is ‘It is’ while its is possession

Proper use of these punctuation marks can help the writer to bring the actual essence that he wants to convey through his writing.