Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?

Technical writers are starting to pay more attention to UI/UX because documentation is part of the user experience. Technical writers, who explain user interface elements and design how-to documents for user tasks and procedures, know when a design choice will have repercussions. We can recognize when a design choice is similar to one we’ve encountered previously and that we know will result in additional documentation to compensate.

Our experience in writing documents to explain odd, weird, and outside-expectation placements and behaviors gives us insight. We are part of the UX continuum:
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Liz Asks: How many books did you read last year?

Late last year, I saw an article in the Atlantic that talked about the Decline of the American Book Lover.

The Pew Research Center reported last week that nearly a quarter of American adults had not read a single book in the past year. As in, they hadn’t cracked a paperback, fired up a Kindle, or even hit play on an audiobook while in the car

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3 Things You Need In Your Family Travel Kit

Last month my family and I went on two trips that resulted in us being gone 5 out of 7 days in 2 different places.  I travel fairly frequently for business, and have my travel routines down. I have a couple of pre-packed kits—one for toiletries, one for technology—that have everything I could possibly need for the presentations and workshops I give on the road.

Traveling with family is different. Everyone needs wifi access which, in some cases, can be $$ per day per device.  Everyone needs chargers for all their (inevitably) different devices. Someone will always leave that one connector they really, really need back at home. Even if you remember everything, carting around all that gear can really weigh you down.

When I got home from our last trip, I decided that I really needed a travel kit that was geared toward family travel, covered all the bases, worked for everyone, yet didn’t take up too much packing space or weigh down my carry-on.

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