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April 19, 2009

Keynote question

Filed under: IBM,ISTC,writing — Peter A @ 6:00 pm
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My keynote at Technical Communication UK (23rd and 24th September 2009,) has been announced.

Technical Communication UK 2009Peter Anghelides has worked at IBM since 1988 in a variety of technical communication roles — as a technical author, information planner, translation coordinator, line manager, and most recently as a member of IBM’s worldwide leadership team for Information Development tools, technologies, and processes. He is the author of a dozen tie-in novels and audios published to accompany BBC TV’s Doctor Who franchise, including the best-seller “Pest Control” performed by David Tennant and “Another Life” read by John Barrowman.

I’ve discussed with the organisers what they’d like me to talk about… but already several people have e-mailed me with suggestions, questions, or just to say “Some people will do anything to avoid paying the conference fee” (thank you, Ian).Not a hat like that

So what would you like to hear about? If I can plausibly work it into my keynote speech, I will.

This is an open invitation for your suggestions, by the way, and not a competition! It’s not like the Doctor Who convention where I once appeared, at which the guest speakers gave each other challenges to work phrases into their panel discussions. The winner on that occasion, if I recall correctly, was Gary Gillatt, who repeated worked variants of this Patrick Troughton line into his various appearances: “I should like a hat like that!”


  1. We are now 15 years into the WWW revolution, and web applications have millions of users. Projects often adopt a release early, release often, approach to software deliver; trickling out beta-grade products with little or no documentation, allowing the developer and user to interact directly through FAQs, mailing lists, wikis and other text-rich online interaction methods. What are the benefits and pitfalls for the technical author of embracing these technologies? How do they affect grammar & nomenclature, document structure & illustrations? What else has changed? What is still to change / fall by the wayside / enjoy resurgence? Can the whole process of incremental and experimental software release be successfully adopted by the technical author? You probably get my drift… 🙂

    Comment by Rich — April 19, 2009 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  2. What is the difference between “performed by” and “read by”? Was John Barrowman holding back on you?

    Comment by Simon — April 20, 2009 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

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