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Localization is the key word for those operating in multiple markets and publishing to...


I spent the first 25 years or so of my life in England. Besides experiencing copious amounts of precipitation, I was also exposed to shops with signs that read something like “Ye Olde Tea Shoppe”. It was quaint and reminded people of a life hundreds of years ago in an England that was medieval. Indeed, it’s true that “ye” and words with an “e” on the end, date back quite a few hundred years. For businesses looking to attract history-hunting tourists, add a “ye” and an “e” and you’re well on your way.

The English language is constantly evolving, both in the creation of new words and in rules of grammar. Go back to Chaucer and Shakespeare, and their English is very different to what we use today. In 2015, unless you’re opening a tea shop in an English village, you won’t be using...


It really is a cliche to say that we live in a changing world. But the truth is that we do. The changes affect every aspect of life today from the way we spend our leisure time, to how we communicate, and even the food we eat. The world of business, and our world of technical writing is no different. Or is it?

Tech writers used to create content that was printed, at the cost of forests' worth of trees. Then, someone invented the PDF and the book became virtual, but it was still a book. And today? On the cusp of 2015? Many writers are still creating PDFs that resemble what a printed book would look like. A PDF could still contain an index and lists of tables and figures. There are also customers out there who require the good old PDF as a sign that their product is complete with...


Scrum. What does that word conjure up for you? If you’re a sports fan, you’ll probably be able to picture muddy green field and a bunch of well-built, mud-stained blokes pushed into a huddle, kicking an oval ball about. The scrum is indeed an essential element of the game of rugby. On the other hand, if you’re deeply immersed in the world of software development, “scrum” will have a whole different meaning.

For the uninitiated, “scrum” in the hi-tech world is an element of Agile software development. There are lots of Agile resources online, so I won’t regurgitate them here, except for the following from Wikipedia:

"The Agile Manifesto declares:

  • Individuals and...

Today is my first contribution to the Tech-Tav blog. Today is also my first day in the job as the CEO of Tech-Tav. It’s a great privilege for me to be joining this great company and to have the opportunity grow Tech-Tav to new heights. During my career in tech writing I’ve worked with Tech-Tav as a customer. Now, I’m on the inside and get to see the industry from a different and exciting perspective.

Over the years, Tech-Tav has built a reputation of having a team of excellent writers who brought with them strong technical backgrounds. As a customer, this was something that I knew I could always depend on and that it would help me provide my management with top-quality documentation deliverables. This is why I used the company’s services repeatedly over the years.