tcworld newsletter


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

* Twitter and technical communication

* “If you’re not telling your story, someone else will do it for you”

* Making your content ‘working content’

* Say more than just “no”

tcworld newsletter August 2013
Dear readers,

Today language technologies (LT) such as speech recognition and machine translation have a big impact on the most diverse environments and business sectors. LT is a very dynamic industry with a yearly growth rate of more than ten percent. Throughout the information development process, technical writers, translators, localizers and project managers are already making use of the advantages LT can offer.

This year at the tcworld conference, tekom is hosting a new track on language technologies. The track will be organized in cooperation with LT-Innovate, a not-for-profit organization representing European companies involved in developing products using intelligent content, speech and translation technologies. To find out more about the topics presented within this and other tracks of the conference, check out our online program.

You can already register for the tekom Annual and tcworld conference. Just download the registration PDF and mail or fax it to the tekom office. Online registration will open in September.

Only a few spots left at the tekom Trade Fair
The amount of exhibitors that will present their products and services at this year’s tekom Trade Fair is already exceeding numbers from last year. Around 40 percent of exhibitors will come from abroad, representing companies from 30 different countries. If you haven’t booked your exhibition space yet, contact sales to discuss your options.

Kind regards,

Corinna Melville
Editor tcworld

tekom news
New staff member
A new staff member recently joined the team at tekom/tcworld in Stuttgart. Christine Keller is now in charge of international projects, key accounts and the TCTrainNet training platform. Christine holds a degree in psychology and has been working as a senior business consultant, sales manager and key account manager. You can meet her at the tcworld conference in Wiesbaden or at tcworld India 2014.

Colloquium on TC Studies
tekom has extended its submission deadline for presentations regarding the European Colloquium on Technical Communication Studies. Submissions can now be handed in until August 31st. The one-day event on November 5th addresses the challenges and developments in technical communication from an academic perspective. tekom is looking in particular for project reports, empirical research results, educational articles and scientific discussions relating to technical communication.

tekom Danmark event on Terminology
September 10, 2013
Tilst, Denmark

European Colloquium on Technical Communication Studies
November 5, 2013
Wiesbaden, Germany

tcworld conference 2013
November 6-8, 2013
Wiesbaden, Germany

tcworld India 2014
February 20-21, 2013
Bangalore, India

tcworld conference 2014

November 11-13, 2014
Stuttgart, Germany

Did you know that …
…tekom has published a Guide for the Purchase of Translation Services? The book helps select a translation service provider and gives valuable information about the market and the process flow. To order a guide e-mail us at
Current articles

Twitter and technical communication
Twitter is a communication tool extraordinaire. It is one of the principal tools people use to share information. They send and read tweets on the Web, on Facebook, via email as well as on smart phones, tablets and desktop computers. Anywhere, anytime. So how can we use Twitter in technical communication? Read more…

“If you’re not telling your story, someone else will do it for you”
Ellis Pratt is Director and Help Strategist at Cherryleaf, a technical writing services and training company based near London. He has over fifteen years’ experience working in the field of documentation, has a BA in Business Studies, and is an Associate of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Ranked the most influential blogger on technical communication in Europe, Ellis is also the author and editor of two books: How to Write Instructions and Trends in Technical Communication. tcworld spoke to him about what social media means for technical communicators. Read more…

Making your content ‘working content’
Your company’s website is the entry gate for most customer relations: This is the place where visitors first catch a glimpse of your profile and form an impression about your organization. This first impression is often decisive of whether or not this web user will become your customer. So how can we create well-structured, catchy content to improve our web performance? Read more…

Say more than just “no”
When a person is continuously subjected to stress in his professional life, he risks serious physical strains. However, the circle can be broken. There is help, from the GAD model for example, that begins with a clear ‘No’. 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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