The world of technical content
Technical writing overview and food for thought for experienced as well as aspiring technical writers and documentation managers.

Techstars: What startups are looking for

Startups aren’t necessarily looking for someone with a certain degree, but instead they’re more focused on finding people with specific traits. What kind of traits? Read the article to find out what today’s start-ups are looking for.



For the documentation managers out there

What is professional development? Why is it important? And how can documentation managers help their technical writing teams work more efficiently by nurturing professional growth?

Structured authoring: without it, you're spending way too much time creating content

Some really useful advice that will save you time and help you produce better, more streamlined technical...


What is interaction design?
Being attuned to the five dimensions of interaction design not only explains what interaction design involves, but can help technical writers relate better to their audience and improve their documentation.

You’ve heard of Unit 8200, what about Unit 9900?
Teens and young adults on the autism spectrum volunteer to serve in one of Israel’s most elite intelligence units. Members of the “RR” unit are all gifted with an incredible ability to analyze, interpret, and understand satellite images and maps....


Is crowdsoucing in your documentation future?
An associate professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute is designing crowdsourcing frameworks that combine the best qualities of machine learning and human intelligence, in order to allow distributed groups of workers to perform complicated cognitive tasks. Those include writing how-to guides or organizing information without a central organizer.


Today, Tech-Tav is celebrating the State of Israel’s 68th birthday by highlighting this week’s top technical news articles from the startup nation:

Israeli government spurs innovation
Israel is home to more cyber security companies than any nation in the world outside the U.S., with more companies than the next five countries on the list combined. How did Israel become a world leader in cyber security? Is it Israel’s top-secret military cyber units? Government incentives? Or something else?



Just over a year ago, Tech-Tav embarked on a new journey into the world of MadCap. For the uninitiated, MadCap provides software tools for authoring, translation and publishing of any type of technical documentation including knowledge bases, intranets, online help, policy & procedure manuals, documentation websites, user guides and more. We rapidly progressed to become a MadCap Premier Reseller. I took on the mantle of becoming Tech-Tav's MadCap guru, passed the MadCap Certified Trainer exams, and have had the pleasure of meeting and working with many companies in Israel and throughout the world providing consultation, training, and customization services.



The growing area of smart cities
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the automated home (AKA the internet of things). But why stop at a smart house when you can build a smart city? The Brazillian government is building a smart city from scratch, with three Israeli startups offering high-tech solutions for the future city’s security, landscaping, and engineering.

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