References & Resources
Summary:A list of online and hard copy resources that writers and editors can use to maintain and improve publications of all kinds, especially technical publications. Feel free to post your own links here.
Benefits of reference sources
Established style guides and other references can help in cases when others challenge the validity of a way the writer has used English, written procedures, organized styles, defined a term, etc.
Many reputable resources for writers and editors on grammar, usage, research and other topics are now free online. However, hard copies of dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri and style guides are extremely handy reference sources.
At the very least, they can help you defend strong, clear writing against a contributor or administrator with inflated ideas about the value of his or her purple prose.
- Online dictionaries, references, guides and more
Online non-reference resources
(To be developed)
Editing and style resources
Manual writing resources
Project management resources
· Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Online dictionaries, references, guides and more
· American Heritage Dictionary online – http://www.yourdictionary.com/search.html
· Roget\’s Thesauri – http://www.bartleby.com/thesauri/
· Columbia Encyclopedia – http://www.bartleby.com/65/
· Several online style guides – http://members.aol.com/willadams/books-style-manuals.html
Online non-reference resources
Email lists, websites and discussion groups for technical communicators
TECHWR-L – technical communication email group & website
HATT – help authoring tools and techniques email group & website
Technical Editors\’ Eyrie – Useful site for editors of technical documentation
Tim Mantyla\’s Communication – Creativity – Innovation blog
I\’d Rather Be Writingtechnical communication blog
Writers UA – training, technical communication and user assistance professional website
Technical websites and other resources
HAT matrix – compare help authoring tools
One of the best sites for comparing HATS:
WinWriters WritersUA – Help Authoring Tools – Products that provide comprehensive solutions to authoring Windows Help systems, designing web sites, and managing content. Utilities that address specific needs.
Links about writing technical documentation and manuals, writer\’s organizations, software, and the current tech writing job market.
http://tc.eserver.org/dir/Resources/Writing/Technical-Writing/– EServer Technical Communication Library – \”The EServer Technical Communication Library is a free, open-access index of works available online for professional, scientific and technical communicators (such as technical writers).
Our goal is to provide tech comm practitioners, students, teachers and managers a comprehensive single location from which to access the complete body of knowledge in our field.\”
Writing and editing manuals and online help
Publish a great user manual
Microsoft training & information
MS Styles training
Freeware & shareware software download sites
Fight the \”bull\” with the Bullfighter – http://www.fightthebull.com
SnagIt screen capture software – free download of older versions of this highly rated, powerful image manipulation software tool – www.downloadsquad.com/2007/11/26/get-snagit-7-25-from-techsmith-for-free/ and here http://www.labnol.org/software/download/free-download-snagit-with-serial-number/1841/
SnagIt screen capture software – official site