Technical Communication BlogWelcome 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!).

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Technical Communication Issues

The Book All Technical Writers Should Read – The Art of Explanation by Lee LeFever

Posted on Aug 10th, 2014

It's not often that I recommend books to other technical communicators, but I've recently finished a book that I think many tech writers can learn… Read More>>

“Technical Writing’s Dead, Get into E-Learning”

Posted on Jul 12th, 2014

"I can't believe you are still doing that. Technical writing's dead, get into e-learning." Not my words, but the words of a former technical writer… Read More>>

DITA

Technical Writing Tools – Do You Need to Know Every Tool?

Posted on Jun 15th, 2014

Have you ever felt yourself becoming overwhelmed with the amount of things you need to learn? Join the club. Since quitting the day job as an… Read More>>

How to Install the DITA HTML5 Plug-In (oXygen XML Editor)

Posted on Mar 24th, 2014

Hands up. Guilty as charged. Sometimes I don't write with you, the reader in mind. You see, I have a memory like a sieve, so this blog can also act… Read More>>

MS Word

Technical Writing Tools – Do You Need to Know Every Tool?

Posted on Jun 15th, 2014

Have you ever felt yourself becoming overwhelmed with the amount of things you need to learn? Join the club. Since quitting the day job as an… Read More>>

HELP! Microsoft Word’s Restart Numbering Doesn’t Work

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2013

Actually, it does. Sort of. Some of the time, anyway. But if Restart Numbering has you pulling you hair out (hey, at least you’ve got some to… Read More>>

MadCap Flare

Adding Topics in Flare

Posted on Feb 5th, 2015

Are you a Flare 'noob' and struggling to see how to structure your content? Then this article is just for you. Here, you will find out all about… Read More>>

Using JavaScript and jQuery Scripts in MadCap Flare

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2015

You can use JavaScript and jQuery scripts to customise your Flare HTML5 output in many different ways, including adding menus, animated sections and… Read More>>

Atlassian Confluence

Technical Writing Tools – Do You Need to Know Every Tool?

Posted on Jun 15th, 2014

Have you ever felt yourself becoming overwhelmed with the amount of things you need to learn? Join the club. Since quitting the day job as an… Read More>>

Confluence: Roman Numerals for Nested Number Lists

Posted on Mar 26th, 2014

By default, Atlassian Confluence sets nested numbers to use a., b., c., instead of numbers.  Here's how you change it to use roman… Read More>>