December 28, 2015

ApraDocs Information Developers success story- 2015

ADID success story of 2015

With 2015 drawing to a close and a fresh new year waiting on the horizon, I wanted to thank you ALL for making 2015 a super successful year by every measure. We grew our footprint, we grew our capabilities, we grew in terms of our value prop and most importantly, we grew as a team!

Every end marks a fresh, new beginning. Let's continue to keep our spirits and determination high, and we’ll continue to blaze our trail of success in the new year as well.

Feeling great to share 2015 was again a very successful year for Information Developers Consortium. We do not focus on enrolling maximum students, but we focus to serve who really wants to be in the technical writing and our exponential growth and placement success is the testimony of this vision.

Result- Our all the students of  2015 are successfully placed with the great salary and satisfaction.

ADID organize and sponsor two successful  STC conference in the month of January and August. We also initiated Expert talk and Anu was our chief guest.

Our LinkedIn group, page, and Facebook page keep on doing well.This year we also got international training opportunity.

Looking forward, we want to serve the cause also by supporting differently abled and economically poor but talented students by providing this training FREE of cost.
Wall Of Fame

List of ADID successful students-2015:

Abhishek Mitra Newgen
Anuradha Malhotra SaaSfocus
Deepak Shrawat FosterIDEAZ Technologies
Sonam Prakash Fiserv
Debjani Gorai Algoworks
Nitika Panday EBEE
Preeti Kumari Delhivery
Anukriti Sriv Z associates
Rinni Mahajan Interra system
Navtej Techpro
Soumya Ericsson
Shipra Jain Stero d
Dipti Sharma P soft
Chandan Singh IDS Infotech Limited
Abhilasha Bhardwaj Wipro
Neha Hotellogic

December 14, 2015

Technical Writers Salary Survey- 2015

STC India 2015 Salary Survey Result

Results of theSTC India 2015 Salary Survey is now in available Thanks, Mr.Paresh Naik for this commendable job. Sincere thanks to him from the family of ApraDocs Information Developers.

From the last couple of years, I religiously fill the form circulated by Paresh and keep my finger crossed to see the result.

This information will surely help job seekers and freelancers to understand the market and take correct position.
2015 Salary Survey- Technical writers

This year sample size (Number of respondents) was 151. Wish in future technical writers will spare some time for this important survey.

Median salary level of technical writers increased by 12.8% from 2014. What about you?

NCR emerge as the high paying area. Good news for NCR folks:-). Do not complain now.

Many more details are shared, click and read a wonderful article:

Salary survey of 2012

December 4, 2015

NASA’s list of “Weak Phrases” for the technical documents

When writing a technical document or specification, avoid using the following phrases.They were found to be ineffective by NASA Software Assurance Technology Center:

as a minimum
as applicable
as appropriate
be able to
be capable
but not limited to
capability of
capability to
if practical
provide for

December 3, 2015

#Top 10 problems of entry level technical writers and solutions (Reason1)

#1 Course over, but not placed yet. What to do?

Recently few students who have completed online and classroom courses from a very prestigious institute joined our institute with almost the same set of issues. In this series, I will discuss how they found us different.
Can a medical transcriptionist, fresh grad or anyone with non-IT background be industry ready just after 2-3 months of training? Can you do it?
This is the most common issue- before they start to understand the concepts, the batch is over. Now, what? Whom to rely and from where to get support. Even online materials/pen drive issued by the institute do not work after 6 months.
We have noticed that once a student stops attending the class, confidence level and focus starts to come down.
ADID Solution:- ADID is a family where once you become the ADID member our association will never last. Everything will be accessible to you forever, even our classroom classes and all for FREE.
We cover our syllabus in three months, but, encourage the student to attend the class till they get placed or become confident enough to crack interviews. We have noticed that once a student stops attending the class confidence level and focus starts to come down. So, we never let our student feel alone after the completion of syllabus also.
Our alumni can any day come and sit in our class and do the refresher course for FREE. We also provide access to e-library, group, blog, jobs alerts, online test etc. for lifetime.
Want to learn technical writing from the experts?Considering all the problems of entry level technical writer ADID have designed a technical writing training course. ApraDocs Information Developers

November 16, 2015

The Taj,India

Travelling to India, do not miss this architect marvel of 15th century and one of the  wonder of world.I was mesmerised by its grandeur and beauty and it will also make you believe what love can create.

My memories with my wife and son.

Agra fort

October 30, 2015

Online technical writing e-coaching

For many, conveyance matter, ApraDocs Information Developers offers online technical writing training for them. Many technical writers from different cities of India and globe have fulfilled their career aspirations through our flexible learning.
ADID has instructor based online learning for  all the course we provide. 
Placement assistance and all other facilities are similar to the classroom classes.

Advantages of ADID Online  Educational Platform:  

  1. More engaging experience for the students as they can interact live with the professors. The virtual classroom features like Audio video conferencing between the students and teachers, Sharing content ( Word file, Power Point, Excel, Playing Audio/Video Files of any format), Creating polls live, Screen sharing, Live chat etc...
  2. All the lectures will be recorded, and these lectures are used as the E-content and can be shared with the students online.
  3. Student's attendance reports are managed online and there is a complete teacher-student feedback mechanism as well.
  4. Virtual White board where in teacher  write down everything the way they write in a traditional whiteboard and it is visible to all the students in the live class.
  5. The teacher conduct online tests and assignments (Both Subjective and objective type) with the students who are enrolled in the online courses.
  6. Cloud space to store the content, which are completely secured and shared with the student online.
 How ADID Online  Educational portal is different for other online classes:  

  1. More engaging experience for the students as they can interact live with the professors. - We do not provide any kind of pre-recorded audio/video or material.
  2. You CANNOT take this at your own pace- You will have to sit with the coach.
  3. There is a complete teacher-student feedback mechanism as well- We do not promote one-way communication.
  4. You can copy, read, record and store our study material for your reference. Your access to our study material will not get blocked life long.

October 20, 2015

Difference between SRS, FRS and BRS

Distinction among BRS,FRS and SRS – Top 7

The difference among SRS, FRS and BRS seems to be same but in reality they all are different and important too because many of us do not know these simple basic terms, in simply we know these terms but not exactly. 

1. It means “Software Requirement Specification” (SRS).

1. It means “Functional Requirement Specification” (FRS).
1. It means “Business Requirement Specification” (BRS).
2. It deals with resources provided by Company.

2. It deals with requirements given by the client.
2. It deals with aspects of business requirements.
3. It always includes Use cases to describe the interaction of the system.
3. In this, Use cases are not included.
3. In this, Use cases are also not included.
4. It is developed by System Analyst. And it is also known as User Requirement Specifications.
4. It is always developed by developers and engineers.
4. It is always developed by Business Analyst.
5. In SRS, we describe all the business functionalities of the application.
5. In FRS, we describe the particular functionalities of   every single page in detail from start to end.
5.In BRS, we defines what exactly customer wants. This is the document which is followed by the team from start to end.
6. SRS tells means explains all the functional and non-functional requirements.
6. FRS tells means explains the sequence of operations to be followed on every single process.
6. BRS tells means explains the story of whole requirements.
7. SRS is a complete document which describes the behavior of the system which would be developed.

7. FRS is a document, which describes the Functional requirements i.e. all the functionalities of the system would be easy and efficient for end user.

7. BRS is a simple document, which describes the business requirements on a quite broad level.

If you want to learn more about SRS.Please refer IEEE recommended practice for software requirement specification.

September 13, 2015

Parallelism for technical writer

Definition of parallelism

The balance between two or more similar words, phrases or clauses is called parallelism in grammar. Parallelism is also called parallel structure or parallel construction. Parallel construction prevents awkwardness, promotes clarity and improves writing style and readability.


  • Debjani likes playing the pianothe trumpet and play the guitarfalse
    Debjani likes the pianothe trumpet and the guitar.true
    Debjani likes playing the pianothe trumpet and the guitar.true
  • She played basketball, had a shower and gone to school.false
    She played basketball, had a shower and went to schooltrue
  • You can apply to the job by filling this form or apply by telephone.false
    You can apply to the job by filling this form or you can apply by telephone.true

Rules of parallelism

  1. Parallelism is used to balance nouns with nouns, prepositional phrases with prepositional phrases, participles with participles, infinitives with infinitives, clauses with clauses.
  2. Parallelism is used with elements joined by coordinating conjunctions.
    Shipra likes cooking and to read.false
    Shipra likes cooking and reading.true
  3. Parallelism is used with elements in lists or in a series.
    This task can be done individuallyin pairs, or can be done in groups of fourfalse
    This task can be done individuallyin pairs, or in groups of four.true
  4. Parallelism is used with elements being compared.
    Navtez is mad about watching TV more than to read a book.false
    Navtez is mad about watching TV more than reading a booktrue
  5. Parallelism is used with elements joined by a linking verb or a form of be
    To learn is understanding the worldfalse
    To learn is to understand the worldtrue
  6. Parallelism is used with elements joined by linking words.
    Rahul not only wants his students to keep quiet but also to do the taskfalse
    Rahul wants his students not only to keep quiet but also to do the task.true

September 7, 2015


I am Rinni Mahajan, technical writer @ Interra Systems and proud alumni of ApraDocs Information Developers.

In free time, I love to pen down my emotions.Sharing one with you. I have dedicated this poem to all the job seekers, who fail to make it to their dream companies despite several audacious attempts. 

With Hopes intact and Zeal on the brim; I move on and on.
I sacrifice my sleep to shape my skills; yet i am a mourner every day.
I chose to work on the path laden with hard work; yet my efforts go subtle.

Every day i see a new ray of hope; yet I slip back and forth.
I cherish my dreams, I sacrifice my sleep; yet i am a mourner every day.
Hard time may come and hard time may go,
I am all alone on the way i go.

I can’t see my hopes breaking bit by bit,
I can’t face rejection as well,
How should i smile when i know that i stand nowhere amidst the crowd?

World goes by my smirk; yet i am a lachrymose.
Around the world as i go, i find myself trapped in sorrows and unending desires;
I long for a start, i long for a shore; free from world of riches.

Amidst the crowd i fail to survive,
No reason could justify why. Though the path i chose, was sweet
and perfect; yet no one is there to hold my hand.
I am a mourner every day,
Because Along With The Sunset, My Hopes Die And The Dark Day Starts.

Resume for technical writers

Kick ass CV writing tricks for technical writers

Resume for technical writers is considered to be a work sample, so it is important for us to give our best and avoid common mistakes.Hope following suggestions will help you to create a kick ass resume.

10 tips on what makes a technical writer CV hot:

1) Stick to a maximum of two pages. Always remember the CV hotspot - the upper middle area of the first page is where the recruiter's eye will naturally fall, so make sure you include your most important information there.UX concept.

2)You can use two types of CVs - chronological or skill-based. For the former, use the last job as the starter and move to academic qualifications; for the latter, describe the skills earned from different work experience and education.

3) Always include your name, address, date of birth (in some countries this is not required due to age discrimination laws), contact details (telephone number and email). For educational qualifications, state your degree, subject and name of the school, college, university, plus grades (if you were a topper).Flaunt what you have.

4) Work experience: This is the most important part of the CV because most employers try to select for the current job opening as close as possible to the previous work experience of the candidate This should have two parts - name of employer, roles performed in the company and duration.

5) Be sure to highlight what you did - achievements which are quantifiable.  Also, do mention promotions and awards.

6) Part of the Work Experience section should include the skills required for the job. The reason I highlight this separately is so you don't miss it. 

7) Skip "Interests". Unless this in some way reflects the value you will bring to the job, I would suggest you skip this. However, if you insist, interests like "networking", being part of diverse clubs (golf, theatre), ski-diving, mountaineering (displays you move out of comfort zone), being captain of the hockey team (team skills, leadership) can be added to bring some colour into your CV.

8) References: Again, I would suggest you skip this until you have been called for the final interview. During your interviews, you will realise you need a reference who would be able to substantiate a certain aspect of your experience important to this role. You can then provide relevant names for reference. Usually a previous supervisor, direct reportee or peer is a good reference.

9) Covering letter: this should accompany your CV. The letter must be addressed to the Recruitment Manager/Hiring Manager/HR Head and should explain in a short para your career objectives and reason for applying to the company for the particular role. 

10) While you may be applying to different companies at the same time, it's very important to avoid "Cut, Copy, Paste". Each covering letter and CV must be customised for the company and role that you are applying. If you expect to be selected amongst hundreds of other CVs, this investment is critical and worth it. 

So what makes a good CV?

The CV is easy-to-read, well laid out, and not over-crowded.
It's customised for the job you are applying to 
You highlight the relevant skills you have for the job
It is a concise document with no grammar or spelling mistakes
It is not exaggerated and reads honestly

What are the common mistakes candidates make on their CV?

One survey of employers found the following mistakes were most common

Spelling and grammar: 56% of employers found this
Not tailored to the job: 21%
Length not right and poor work history: 16%
Poor format and no use of bullet points: 11%
No accomplishments highlighted: 9%
Contact and email problems: 8%
Objective/profile was too vague: 5%
Lying: 2%
Having a photo: 1%

Download some cool resume template.

Be positive. Your acceptance of CV is just the beginning. Soon it will be time to start getting ready for the interview. Good Luck!

(Rahul Karn currently mentors a technical writing startup ApraDocs Information Devlopers.He is based in New Delhi-NCR)

August 24, 2015

Information Developers Foundation-August, 2015

Information Developers Meetups

Snaps of Information Developers Foundation meetup on 22 August 2015. It was attended by top-notch technical writers of NCR and the presentations were truly amazing.The best part was it was interactive.

Interactive technical writing session in progress
Bipul presented a very interesting talk on the importance of UX in developers guide.
Bipul from GlobalLogic talking on UX in documentation
Ankur Srivastav guru of DITA talk about the information mapping through DITA.

DITA man Ankur

Rinni talk about one of the latest concept of documentation DocOps.
Rinni still try to find out why tech writing?
Puja Gandhi from Agilent and Ankur Srivastava from Freescale

Rinni Mahajan From Inteera System and Manisha Khurana from Comviva

Dipti sharing pain point of technical writers

Dr.Anu from Fiserv and Dipti Sehgal from Pitney Bose

Participant of the Information Developers Consortium- August 2015

Rahul Karn- Co-Founder of ApraDocs Information Developers

August 12, 2015


STC India is pleased to invite you to this year’s first employment event scheduled on August 22, 2015, from 10:30 AM to 2:15 PM in Noida. The theme of the event is Career Planning for Technical Communicators.
The event is for all senior and junior technical communicators. The objective of the event is to help technical communicators by providing them information on latest trends, employment issues, and career options.

Exclusive Sponsor: ApraDocs Information Developers Pvt Ltd.- New Delhi

ApraDocs Information Developers Pvt Ltd, founded in 2009 by Rahul Karn, is a pioneer and leading training provider of Technical writing, Digital marketing, Instructional designing, DITA, Business Writing, Freelancing, and Content writing courses that address the unique learning needs of today’s professionals.
You can visit the WEBSITE for more information. You can also read their blog on technical writing.
Session Details
10:30 AM to 10:45 AM - Introduction - Manisha Khurana and Rahul Karn
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM - An engineer’s journey to become a technical writer - Rinni Mahajan
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM - To be announced
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM - User Centric Design and Documentation - Bipul Keshri
12:00 PM to 12:15 PM - Tea Break
12:15 PM to 12:30 PM - Question and Answer
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM - Pain Points of technical writers and their remedies - Deepti Sehgal
01:00 PM to 1:45 PM - Growing your career with DITA- Ankur Srivastava
1:45 PM to 2:15 PM - Closing and Lunch
Speaker Details

Rinni Mahajan
Rinni Mahajan is an engineer by education and currently works with Interra System. 
Mr. Bipul Keshri
Bipul is institutionalising Design Thinking at GlobalLogic, leading multiple UX innovation initiatives in the organisation. He contributed significantly in building new accounts through contribution in pre-sales and usability consulting at companies like HCL, Wipro, Sapient, and MindTree. He holds certifications in Human Computer Interaction Design & Evaluation and User Studies with Contextual Inquiry from Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay.

Deepti Sehgal
By virtue of her education, experience, knowledge and expertise, she is a Technical Communicator and have created core technical documentation (majority of them from scratch single-handedly) for various organizations. Currently, she is working with the Pitney Bowes as Advisory technical writer.

Ankur Srivastava
Ankur Srivastava is in the technical communication field for past 13+ years, majorly in the 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 in STMicroelectronics India and Innodata-Isogen India.

Venue Details
C- 124/A
Sector-2, Noida
Uttar Pradesh
Landmark- Noida Sector 15 Metro Station
Registration Details
The event is free for all STC India members and non-members.
Come, join us, and take advantage of this event where some notable speakers from the industry are also invited. To register for the event, submit the following form:
Registration closes on 16 August 2015.
Your participation is confirmed only if you receive a confirmation email from Rahul Karn. If you have any queries, please write to Rahul at

Thanks and Regards,
Rahul Karn
+91 7840841999

June 18, 2015

Microsoft Manual of Style – 4th Edition:

Mother of all style guides for technical language, also I guess the best book for technical writing

 4th edition is now available with a lot of new addition – Microsoft Manual of Style.

The first thing which attracts my attention is Microsoft style and Not Microsoft style in the 3rd edition it was Correct and wrong.
I forgot the number of times in my ten years career when this authoritative reference volume helped me settle the style arguments that would never have been settled otherwise.Before 3rd edition, it was famous as MSTP.
In this edition, Microsoft kept up well with the dynamics of the international market place, in general, and the technical communication field, in particular.

The expanded third chapter,  “Content for a worldwide audience” is probably my favorite in this whole volume. This is indispensable material for translators, publishing house attorneys,  and content localizers as well.
Microsoft Manual of Style 4th Edition

Other chapters cover content for the web, accessible content, the user interface, procedures and technical content, practical issues of style, grammar (but of course), punctuation, indexes and keywords, and acronyms and abbreviations. The manual is capped by a dictionary and a good index.
Here is an example how times are changing: “In the first version of the manual included abbreviation guidelines for kilobyte (abbreviated simply as K) and for megabyte, but not for gigabyte  In the world of cloud computing, we now include terabyte (TB), petabyte (PB), and on up to yottabyte (YB), or 1024.” Don’t tell me you heard “yottabyte” before. I sure as heck never heard of it until I read this mother of all reference guides for technical language.
This edition has quite a few surprises as well. The “accessible content” chapter, for example, seems to have taken a step back from political correctness in favor of expediency and utility.
Examples: Microsoft now advises us to use “blind, has low vision” instead of “sight-impaired, vision impaired”; “deaf or hard-of-hearing” instead of “hearing-impaired”.
The “user interface” chapter does an excellent job in naming every screen component you can think of – including (are you ready for this?) mobile phone screen components. That’s how update this beauty of a volume is. I bet the fifth edition will have yet another section on “mobile pad components”.  Ribbonterminology also gets some coverage given the fact that all Microsoft Office applications are now migrating to the “ribbon” menu design look. Similarly the new MS Office “backstage view” (that annoys some old-timers to no end) also gets detailed coverage for the same reason that “ribbon” does.
Make no mistake, this is not a reference volume about universal technical documentation styles. It’s definitely about Microsoft style and the guide never tries to hide the fact. Yet, given the important role Microsoft has come to play in our lives for the last couple of decades, it’s a safe bet that these also happen to be technical documentation styles that are truly universal in their scope and appeal. I personally try to abide by them whenever I can.