Information, tips, and links of interest to technical writers.


A Web site with links to just about every WinHelp-related tool and resource on the planet.

Society for Technical Communication
Professional society for technical communicators. I am a member (and the current Treasurer) of the Willamette Valley Chapter in Portland, OR.

Symantec Virus Hoax Site
Did you get an e-mail saying you should warn everyone in your address book about some killer computer virus? Don't Do It! Visit this site first and make sure it's not a hoax. Most such messages are.
Usability "guru" Jakob Nielsen has some definite opinions about how to make Web sites and software more usable. I don't agree with them all, but his articles are always thought-provoking.


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Discussion Groups

A discussion list for help authoring tools and techniques.

A discussion list for all kinds of technical writing issues. There is also a searchable message archive.

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Free Software

I'm a shareware/freeware nut. Here are a few of the best that I find useful as a professional writer and computer user.

Adobe Acrobat Reader
Free viewer for ubiquitous PDF files.

Irfan View
Free viewer of just about every type of graphics file.

GhostScript, Ghostview and GSview
A free interpreter that "can read a PostScript or PDF file and display the results on the screen or convert them into a form you can print on a non-PostScript printer."

1-4a Rename
A free multi-file renaming utility with just about every conceivable feature you could ask for.

A free "progressive archiving" utility that stores every revision to a file, several files, or an entire folder. Great for source-control of Web sites or Help projects. Caution: Does not work properly under Windows XP.

A very nice, free, Explorer-like, multi-threaded FTP client. Great for updating Web sites. Development of LeechFTP has stopped so download it while you can.

Microsoft Excel Viewer
View Excel 97 files without opening them in Excel. Free.

Microsoft Word Viewer
View Word 97 or Word 2000 files without opening them in Word. Free.

Full-featured zip-unzip utility. Supports many file formats. It used to be free but, alas, is now $19.95 shareware. Still a great piece of software so I continue to list it here.

PC Magazine Utilities
PC Magazine regularly publishes free utilities, many of which I use regularly.
COA32  Change Of Address updates system references to applications or data files after you move them.
MailCall  Notifies you when you have received new e-mail. Let's you preview headers before retrieving the entire message. Great for avoiding e-mail-borne viruses with tell-tale subjects or first lines.
TreePrint Prints a directory of an entire folder branch, with or without file names. Configurable and you can save output to a text file.

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This and That

Edited Sentences
Examples of sentences I have edited.


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  Page last modified: December 02, 2003