April 29, 2015

Some unseen side of Rajasthan

This post doesn't have to do anything with Technical writing in Jaipur or Rajasthan. Enjoy some traditional images of Rajasthan through my lenses. Do not forget to give your feedback.
Homemaker in the traditional kitchen
Vintage Public Transport, still you can see this in many parts of Rajasthan

Could you Guess? Air cooler of Maharajas

Churma cooking in the traditional way

Contemporary Vegetable Market

Cheque is presented with jaggery

April 27, 2015

Important Questions for Developers, Testers and Technical Writers

Questions to Ask at Kick-Off Meetings of Software Development/Web Development/Information Development

In fact what you are going to read below is applicable for planning of development, testing, usability or documentation.

1.  Define purpose/vision for the site

  • What is the purpose of the site?
  • What are the goals of the site?

2.  Develop goals for the site

  • How would you define a successful website for your organization? 
  • What does success look like? How will you know when you have been successful?
  • How would you describe the site?
    • From an organization’s viewpoint?
    • From a user’s viewpoint?

3.  Define audiences and goals

  • Who are the users of the site?  (Primary and secondary users)
  • How would you describe the users? (User characteristics, such as age, experience, education, etc.)
  • Why will they come to the site? (User needs, interests, and goals)
  • When and where will users access the site? (User environment and context)
  • How will users access the site? (User computer settings, such as connection speed, resolution, etc.)

4.  Conduct task analysis and prioritize tasks

  • What will users do on the site? (User tasks, content, features and functionality)
  • Which tasks are critical to users’ success on the website? (Criticality)
  • Which tasks are most important to users? (Importance)
  • Which features of the site will users use the most? (Frequency)
  • Which features are prone to usability issues? (Vulnerability)
  • Which tasks are critical to the organization’s success on the website?
  • How often will users frequent your website? 
  • What will compel users to return to your website?

5.  Determine measurable usability objectives

  • Which tasks should users be able to accomplish easily with few errors? (Efficiency)
  • Which tasks should users be able to finish quickly and efficiently? (Effectiveness)
  • What level of satisfaction should users have after using the site? (Enjoyability) 

6.  Discuss expectations, requirements and preferences

  • What is your vision of what the site should do? 
  • How would you describe your initial view of the project? What do you think the project should entail?
  • What prompted the redesign?
  • Who will be the key point of contact?
  • Are there any restraints, mandates, or guidelines for the site? 
  • Are there any sites you would like to model or a particular style that you prefer?
  • What characteristics/attributes/attitude should the site convey to users? 

7.  Determine accessibility requirements and needs

  • Is the site currently accessible?
  • What type of accessibility testing has been done? 
  • What types of accessibility tools are being used?
  • Who is the key point of contact on accessibility issues?

8.  Identify available resources and training needs

  • What level of resources is available for site updating and maintenance?
  • Do you have content writers skilled in writing for the Web?  
  • Are there graphic designers on staff?
  • Who will be responsible for programming and maintaining the site?
  • Who is in charge of site marketing and promotion?
  • Who will be responsible for analyzing your site analytics?
  • Do you have a budget available for hiring or training staff?

9.  Discuss initial technology needs

  • What are your hosting needs?
  • Do you currently have a domain name or do you need a new one? Do you have the budget to buy a new domain name?
  • Are you currently using a content management system? If so, which one? If not, which systems are you currently looking at?
  • Are you currently logging Web metrics? If so, what metrics are you currently capturing? If not, do you plan on adding them to your site?
  • Do you currently have a search engine? If so, what type of search are you using? 
  • Do you have a budget for implementing new technology?

10.  Timeline and Project Plan

§  Are there current mandates or deadlines in place requiring you to complete your project by a specific date?
§  Can you think of any issues that may arise that could delay your project completion? If so, do you have a plan for ensuring that the project moves forward?
§  When do you want to complete the project?
§  Do you have the available resources to complete your project on time?
§  Who will be responsible for managing the project plan and timeline?

ApraDocs Information Developers is a gold mine of technical writing and similar field information. You can also take training to from ADID to be a Technical writer.
Courtesy- usabilitygov

April 23, 2015

Technical writing institutes, India

Technical writing Institutes

If you are planning to take a technical writing course  and want to compare the institutes. Probably
this list will help you.

Technical writing course provider in India

Am I missing anything?  ? Did you find any information that’s incorrect or obsolete? Please help me to keep this page useful and up to date by your valuable comment. 

Over time, I am hoping to add more.

Thank you.

Contact Us to know technical writing courses in delhi ncr and their fees and placements
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April 21, 2015

Mere Yaar Julahe


This article is no where relevent to information Developers. It is just my another side. Poem from my heart and inspired by Gulzarji.

Bas u hi!!!

मेरे यार जुलाहे ने बुनी एक चादर
नरम,करीने से,एक गाठ भी न थी,
थी न कोई ससलवटे
बेदाग़, थी खुशरंग, मखमली थी वो चादर......
ले आया मैंने अपना समझ कर
ननरह था मै, गुस्ताख़ था
हर तार टूट गई ,
जुड़ा तो गाठें उभर आई...
बेरंग है अब ये रेशमी चादर
खुआब था वो, खुआब ही होगा
अब न तो टूटे हुए रेशम के धागे ही है,न ही है कोई मखमली एह्साश
न ही मुझे याद रहा कभी मेरा यार था
कोई जुलाहा
खुआब था वो खुआब ही होगा

-Rahul Karn

April 20, 2015

Difference between Editing and Proofreading

Difference between Editing and Proofreading 

This is work from Megha Gola, A student  of ApraDocs Information Developers and employee of Vikash Technical publication, New Delhi.



It is the first task that should be undertaken after finishing the first draft of a piece of text.
It involves checking the text in detail after the editing stage, to detect errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and format.
Editing requires focusing on the content of the text. The key goals are to check that the text:
  •          flows logically
  •         is meaningful as whole
  •         is clearly expressed
  •          is accurate in the information it provides
  •        is concise
  •          makes its purpose clear
  • is targeted towards the reader

The aim of proofreading is to spot and correct errors in:
  •  spelling
  •   typography
  •  grammar, punctuation and use of language
  •  style and format
  • anything missed at the editing stage

Editing requires careful analysis and critical thinking.
Proofreading requires a great deal of attention to detail.

April 1, 2015

Tools for Enterprise Content Management

Few famous enterprise content management tools:

  • IBM FileNet
  • OpenText
  •  EMC Documentum
  • Oracle WCC
  • HP Exstream
  • EMC xPressions
  • Oracle Documaker.