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Six Tips For Acing Your First Content Industry Conference

You’re headed to your first conference and you have no idea what to do. Worry not, fellow conference-goer: you're not alone. Others have blazed the trails before you. Whether you’re a freelancer, working for a startup, or representing a big-name corporation, read on...

Confessions of a DITA Virgin: Is Your Formatting Automated?

Dear DITA Virgin, I’m glad to have found you – yep, I’m a DITA virgin, too. I have a lot of questions about something you said in your last post. You said, “we could write everything in plain, unformatted text - no bold, italics, heading 1, 2, or 3 styles, no...

How to Feed and Care for Your Independent Contractors

Close to one-third of the U.S. workforce is comprised of independent contractors. By the year 2020, this number is expected to grow to 40% of the U.S. workforce. Independent contractors have many roles, from legal consultants to software engineers to copy writers. At...

May is the Month for Anniversaries

May is a big month for us here at Content Rules: Content Rules turns 23 years old Our partnership with The Rockley Group turns 4 years old My marriage turns 27 years old Content Rules Turns 23! It's crazy, isn't it? Content Rules turns 23 years old this month. Some of...

Know Your T’s: Termbase versus Translation Memory

How multilingual terminology databases differ from translation memory. Translation Memory and Multilingual Terminology Management: Same Genus, Two Different Species "What is the difference between source terminology management and translation memory?" I am asked this...

Computing in the Age of Cognitive Systems

When I was at the Intelligent Content Conference a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Pavan Arora of IBM Watson. I listened to him speak about Watson and talk about the enormous content opportunity we have in front of us. I found his talks (both private and...

Confessions of a DITA Virgin: Are You A DITA Virgin Too?

My name is Tim Steele and I’m a DITA virgin. Oh, you’d never have guessed. When others talked about content models, tags, and information types, I’d nod knowingly as though I had plenty of experience myself. Listening carefully to my peers, I learned to use the words...

A 10-Point Blueprint for Global Marketers

Every now and then, I attend a webinar or presentation where the presenter and I think completely alike. It's always a good feeling, as it validates what I'm thinking. I enjoy it ever more when the presenter provides me with additional information to consider. Last...

2017 Web Globalization Report Card is Out

Every year, my colleague John Yunker of ByteLevel research produces a comprehensive report on global websites. This year is no different. John released the 2017 Web Globalization Report Card this week. I have been following John, his thinking, and this report card for...

I Took the Plunge – Musings from a Millennial

I was just a few weeks from moving from New York to San Jose to start my new job when I got the text: “By the way, you’ll be making a stop at the STC conference in Anaheim on your way over.” Just like that, I found out that on my very first day of work, I’d be getting...

Craft the Perfect Resume with These 6 Tips

Surely you know what a resume is, right? Simply put, it’s your chance to brag about your professional accomplishments. It’s your job history compacted into just a few short pages with the goal of making you stand out above other candidates. It’s your chance to WOW a...