Why the Web demands simplicity

The more sophisticated a society and its economy becomes, the easier it is for its citizens to do what they need to do. In Lima, Peru, to legally establish a one-person garment workshop takes 289 days of bureaucratic toil, costing $1,231, 31 times the monthly minimum wage. In the Philippines, purchasing land can involve up […]

Avoid Retyping Data into Word documents from Excel

Digital Trends offer a Financial Reporting Toolkit’s Formula Builder for MS Word. This add-in program that makes it easy to create formulas in Microsoft Word. Formula Builder walks you through the steps of building a formula. Click on the cell address you want in your formula and Formula Builder automatically determines the cell address for you. […]

2 Mistakes When Writing for the Web

Do you remember the first time one of your friends showed you how to write a text message—and explained why verbs had become such old-hat? It broke the rules. But it made sense. Writing for the web also requires a fresh approach. For example, taking material from a newspaper and pasting it into a web […]

10 Steps to Successful Bids

Business Owner’s Toolkit outlines the ten steps involved in making successful bids. “Although we are presenting the actions you need to take in a step-by-step fashion, it does not mean that they need to be done one at a time. They can be done simultaneously or in a different order, depending on your circumstances.” http://www.toolkit.com/small_business_guide/sbg.aspx?nid=P09_2000 […]

Long v Short Executive Summaries for Business Plans

Companies seeking capital often ask how long the Executive Summary of their business plan should be. [Learn more about these Business Plan templates here] See: How Google’s ‘Micro Moments’ will affect your business The answer depends upon the use of the summary, mainly determining if it precedes the full business plan, or it will be used […]

How to Sell Digital Goods Outside the USA

I’ve sold ebooks, software, reports, online services through Clickbank for the past 3 years. But they charge about 7.5% commission and a small fee for every transaction. It works out at about 10% of our sales, which is very expensive when you. However, we like selling Digital Online Products. No cost to produce No time […]

What to Include in Your Proposal

Onvia’s series of proposal writing continues with this article on what to include in your proposal: “Responding to government RFPs (Requests for Proposals) can be tricky, since there are not always requirements or standards to be used. The problem is that there is no universal standard for layout or composition when it comes to government […]

Make Text on Your Laptop Easier to Read

Microsoft offers a free online service that claims to improve font display quality over traditional forms of font smoothing or anti-aliasing. ClearType improves readability on color LCD displays with a digital interface, such as those in laptops and high-quality flat panel displays. The online tuner lets you tune your Windows XP ClearType settings. How it […]

Writing for the Web Tips

Writing for the Web requires new a different approach to the writing process. Before you start writing web content, try to understand the basics of information architecture and how navigation systems work. On the web, write in small digestible chucks, which fit into the information hierarchy. To create your hierarchy, outline the website as you […]

What is a Technical Writer?

Technical writers write technical documents that explain complex issues in simple, plain English. Technical writers – also know as Technical Authors or Information Designers – write material that supports software and hardware systems. They design, write and produce material that is delivered in print, soft-copy or as Online Help, such as that found in the […]

How to Interview Technical Writers

Jane R. in Texas asks for some tips on interviewing tech writers, especially when using assessment tests. Her company is about to hire their first full-time writer and they have not done this before. I’ve worked on both sides on the fence in the past, (i.e. interviewed and been interviewed) and picked up a few tings […]

How to fix problems with Table of Contents in MS Word

James in North Carolina asks, “In Word, the Table of Contents is not displayed. Instead, I get an error message: { TOCO “2-4″H Z T “HEADING 1,1″}. How do I fix this? Is it a bug? ” I think the problem is to do with Field Codes. Here are three suggestions: 1. In Word, go […]

How to manage large documents in Microsoft Word

The main issues with creating long docs in Word tend to involve formatting, styles, graphics, tables, and bullets. Formatting — cutting/pasting material directly from one file into another is best avoided as this will bring unwanted styles in the target Word file. Instead convert it to raw text and then import it. Styles — create […]

How to fix backward Ps appear in MS Word

If you open a Word document and see what looks like large Ps at the end of every sentence, then the Show/Hide marker has been turned on. Sometimes this gets turned on by accident or when you open a doc which as these turned on by default. The the Show/Hide marker is used for examining […]

How to Write Effective Business Letters

Steve Clark offers the following article written by a student in the Duke University. This paper was submitted as his final project to complete the program. Examples of Steve’s letters are available at Sample Letters. “Whatever your motivation, this article helps you to write a letter that gets published. It addresses the following elements to […]