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Reader Response: Is There Work You Would Not Do?

I’m always open to new topics for Heroic Technical Writing, and I’d like to thank my friend Sarah Across the Pond for today’s question, the short version of which is, is there work you would not do? The short answer is: not … Continue reading

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Information Isn’t Always Meant to Be Free

Six years ago, WikiLeaks obtained and released a large raft of documents and emails obtained from the U.S. Department of State. Federal employees and contractors were forbidden from visiting the site. There are a couple of very good reasons why … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Graphics

Last Thursday’s entry on the use of charts and graphics led me to realize there were a few more “basic” items I needed to include. Rather than rewrite or add to the Thursday entry, I decided to just add this … Continue reading

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Which Graphic Should You Use?

Data visualization is something they really should teach in high school–or maybe earlier–because we receive a lot of numerical information visually these days. This essay is a brief introduction to the topic.

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Do You Need to Be a Heroic Technical Writer?

My recent discussion with an Iowa State University tech writing class was for the purpose of talking about ethics. The discussion also covered a range of other issues, from answering complaint letters to Wikileaks and Edward Snowden. Ethics inevitably veers into politics because … Continue reading

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Basic Ethics for the Technical Communicator

Like most people, when I get cranky I can be tempted to make less-than-wise decisions. This is not a good idea. Ethics are central to a writer’s trade because if we are not ethical in how we handle ourselves and the … Continue reading

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