tcworld newsletter June 2012


In cooperation with tekom, the German professional association for technical communication and information development

* Translation Management Systems: build or buy?

* Ten steps to optimizing content for a global audience

* What can DITA 1.2 do for me?

* Wiki as a CMS

tcworld newsletter June 2012
Dear readers,

tcworld goes mobile
We are pleased to announce that the tcworld magazine is now available as an iphone App. While making sure that you can enjoy our articles and news stories wherever and whenever, the content is only updated automatically when connected via WiFi. An App for Android devices will be in store soon.

tekom Trade Fair
Only four months to go! There’s still a wide range of attractive exhibition space to choose from at the tekom Trade Fair in Wiesbaden from October 23-25. If you haven’t yet booked your exhibition space, get in touch with the tekom sales team at sales who will help you make the right choice for your business.

Introducing a new recruit
Another new team member has joined tekom recently: Melanie Hieber will be responsible for quality management. Melanie completed her studies in both Surveying and Geomatics as well as in Technical Communication in Karlsruhe, Germany. At tekom, one of her tasks is to give tekom’s official documents a more consistent appearance. You can reach Melanie at m.hieber.

Kind regards,

Corinna Melville

Editor tcworld

tekom news
tcworld held a two-day track at the Localization World Conference in Paris on June 3-4. Over 500 professionals participated and more than 45 companies exhibited their products and services. read more…
o tcworld Japan
October 3-5, 2012
Kyoto, Japan

o tcworld conference 2012

October 23-25, 2012

Wiesbaden, Germany

Did you know that …
… content strategies and mobile documentation will be among the hot topics of this year’s tcworld conference.
Current articles

Translation Management Systems: build or buy?
Companies of all stripes contact Common Sense Advisory to ask whether they should continue to invest in their trusty translation management system (TMS), developed in-house, or switch to a sparkly clean commercial solution from an independent software vendor. In some cases, companies looking to adopt TMS for the first time wonder if they should build or buy. In every software category, applying the so-called “S-curve of technology adoption” provides important clues about how to answer this question at any given point in time. This article applies the classic analysis to the TMS category. read more…

Ten steps to optimizing content for a global audience
In the past, when businesses competed for consumers locally, learning about customers was as easy as walking out of the office and observing. Today, however, consumers are shopping around the world by simply using their computer. Businesses today rival competitors from around the world, but are also able to target customers from a growing number of markets. How can a business be sure that its content reaches the global audience and still stands out among competitors? How can you effectively and inexpensively translate your content and know that your intended message reaches potential customers? Ten steps will help you optimize content for your key stakeholders around the globe. read more…

What can DITA 1.2 do for me?
Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) has proven to be an excellent choice for maximizing content reuse. However, if you use older versions of DITA you may be wondering why you should use DITA 1.2 (the latest version as of 2011). If you are not using DITA, you may be curious whether the latest DITA 1.2 features are useful enough for you to try DITA. read more…

Wiki as a CMS
Can you have technical documentation based on a Wiki and involving successful collaboration between technical writers, service engineers and developers? Such a Wiki has been set up as a process at XTREME technologies. This article enlists the reasons, the pros and cons and describes the impact of this Wiki on existing processes. read more…



Dr. Michael Fritz
Gesellschaft für Technische Kommunikation e.V.
Rotebühlstraße 64
70178 Stuttgart

Ph: +49 711 6 57 04-0 | Fax: +49 711 6 57 04-99
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Corinna Melville
Gesellschaft für Technische Kommunikation e.V.

VR 3409 beim Amtsgericht Stuttgart
GF: Dr. Michael Fritz


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