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 all its bits and pieces.
Surely something must have changed in the last 10 years? I mean if phones have become cameras and mini computers, surely technical documentation should have changed? Why are we stuck with PDFs and traditional methods of writing?
The perhaps horrible truth is that things have changed and are indeed changing. As a company, Tech-Tav has always embraced change and we always will. We're sponsoring a new forum, the ITTT (Israel Tech-writing Tools and Trends) forum to foster dialog among colleagues in Istrael about what is happening to our profession and the content we create. Join us on January 4, 2015 to see where perhaps we should all be. You can find information about the event here: http://www.tech-tav.com/ittt-inaugural-event.