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How to Feed and Care for Your Independent Contractors

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 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

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?

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

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

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...

Taxonomies Everywhere: Examples of Everyday Taxonomies in Use

Taxonomies Everywhere: Examples of Everyday Taxonomies in Use

Lately, I've been getting lots of phone calls about taxonomy. These calls come from companies who are just starting to think about organizing their content. They come from companies that have been using a taxonomy for many years, but feel that it is out of date and...

I Took the Plunge – Musings from a Millennial

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...

Five Steps to Consistent Language Across Your Organization

Five Steps to Consistent Language Across Your Organization

Many companies underestimate the importance of linguistic consistency in their messaging, their corporate identity, and their product offerings. The underestimation is amplified if the company strives to create or maintain a global presence. As a company ventures...

Craft the Perfect Resume with These 6 Tips

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...

Language Matters Today and Every Day

Language Matters Today and Every Day

No fancy bows or decadent dressing. No atmospheric lighting to alter your mood. Quite simply, this holiday season, Language Matters. With Thanksgiving behind us and December already here, it is full steam ahead towards the joyful holiday season. Shopping lists, social...

Welcome to Content Development 2006

Welcome to Content Development 2006

Nope, that’s not a typo. Yes, I know it’s actually 2016. But sometimes it sure FEELS like it’s 2006 to me. I talk to content development professionals every day. They come from every industry, company size, and geographic location. And most of the conversations are...