Maybe you’ve noticed paint marks sprayed on pavement. If it’s not a style of graffiti chances are you’re looking at code for a buried utility line.
Depending on the colour paint, the unseen conduit could be carrying sewage or drinking water. How do you know which? Well, it turns out, excavators know which lines lay beneath. There’s an international colour code for utility markings. (ANSI Standard Z53.1) Learning industry codes, parts and processes makes for another interesting day in the field of tech writing.
I’ve resurfaced, finally, after completing a long contract. Now there are IOU lunches to plan and vacation photos to edit, and after criss-crossing Canada, it’s a must-do to get back into the swing of professional development.
They say to carry a pocketful of business cards and memorize your elevator pitch. You just never know what can become of a networking opportunity. This week I scored four professional events happening in downtown Vancouver. It’s always instructive to observe, even better to hone the pitch, and totally awesome when your card is pulled for a door prize.
Editors’ Association of Canada
International Association of Business Communicators
STC Canada West Coast
Domain Driven Design Practices
Plain Language Certification
How to Network Effectively
Eric Evans, author Domain-Driven Design, Addison-Wesley 2004, thought leader in software design and domain modeling
Katherine McManus, Director of SFU Writing & Communications Program
Karen Lee, IABC Canada – Master Communicator, teaches for the University of Victoria in the Public Relations diploma program
Neil Perlin, internationally-known online content consultant
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March 20, 2013
March 21, 2013
March 19, 2013
Exploring and Distilling the Core Domain: An Anonymized Case Study
SFU’s role in grant-funded project to launch international certification in plain language
Industry expert advises how to effectively network your way through an event
Imagine you are searching through job postings. You’ve got a list and now you opt to sort by date, or location or other relevant category. Each column can be sorted. Typical options are some kind of logical progression. A job seeker might sort jobs to list the newest ones first.
I recently saw a job listing whose sort routine made sense only in theory. In practice, the result was neither sorted nor logical. However you sorted it, the list was a sorted mess.
Here’s a rule to break; don’t sort dates numerically or alphabetically. Who cares about a group of jobs that were posted on the 27th of every month. Not useful. In the context of a job posting, a date must be sorted chronologically.
There’s this little detail about housekeeping called TMI. Too much information goes something like this. Master the art of potato peeling in the following three ways.
And that list is fine until you append fourth and fifth ways to skin a spud. Now you, or more likely someone else, will have to update “three” to another number. The person inheriting the list becomes responsible for TMI. Good housekeeping avoids referring to a finite number.
Speaking of finite items, once there were nine, now there are eight planets. That housekeeping detail was massive, very necessary, and had to be updated everywhere immediately.