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This is the official blog of STC India and has a strong bent towards technical writing. It's a community blog that aims to capture interesting and useful information that's beneficial to tech writers. Though this blog has an India tilt, tech writers from around the world are welcome to join in.

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  • Feb 22, 2005
    Strunk & White debunked?

    Those of us interested in linguistics might want to check out Language Log, an interesting and enlightening group blog.

    I was especially interested in one linguist's view of  The Elements of Style being "a horrid little compendium of unmotivated prejudices (don't use ongoing), arbitrary stipulations (don't begin a sentence with however), and fatuous advice ("Be clear")".

    Seeing that we (sometimes blindly) regard the book as one of our bibles, it is nice to hear an opposite point of view.

    See these Language Log posts for the full story:

    Posted by suchitra
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    Aug 5, 2004
    Code of Good Practice

    INTECOM, the umbrella organization for technical writing societies, has a well-written and interestingly illustrated Code of Good Practice.
    I personally like Number 9: "It is not unclever to express oneself in a simple way."

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    Jun 23, 2004
    Questionnaire about the work habits of technical communicators


    I'm gathering information about the work habits of
    technical communicators the world over.

    For information and instructions on this
    questionnaire, please go to

    Feel free to forward this questionnaire to other
    technical communicators.

    Thank you.
    Melanie Doulton
    Senior Technical Communicator

    Posted by kiruba
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    Jun 22, 2004
    STC Chennai : Special Grammar Clinic on July 4th


    This month's STC learning session is going to be special. For the first time at STC Chennai, we will be having a GRAMMAR CLINIC conducted by Gururaj from Hewlett Packard, Bangalore.

    What are parts of speech all about? How to write simple sentences? What is the difference between using "which" and "that"? What is anthropomorphism? What are verbal words? Do you want some tips on punctuation (comma, colon, semicolon, hyphen, and period)? What are the syntactic differences between American and British English?

    Join GURURAJ at this month's learning session as he addresses such issues about English Grammar through a workshop. He will discuss a few rules of grammar and then reinforce them through an interactive hands-on exercises.

    Date: July 4, 2004 (Sunday)

    Time: 10 AM to 12:30 PM

    Venue : Cognizant Technology Services (CTS), 3rd Floor, Conference Room, Whites Road, Royapettah.

    Landmark : Near Satyam Theatre Complex. Its in the circular Corporation Bank building.

    Contact Person : Kiruba Shankar . phone : 98415 97744 (cell) 52133619 (res) , 52150505 (off)

    RSVP : Kiruba Shankar (kiruba @

    Door Charge : Rs.50  ( Snacks will be served )

    Seating is limited. Please block your seats by sending a mail with your name and company to .  It will be strictly on a first come first served basis.  You are advised to be at the venue atleast by 9:45 to get a chance to get your place.

    About the Speaker

    Gururaj B.S. has over 6 years of experience in technical communication and training. He is working for Hewlett-Packard,Bangalore. He has a penchant for grammar, and has conducted many workshops on language and copy editing. He is the Membership Manager of the STC-India chapter and also an administrator of the Technical Writers of India (TWIN) list. You can reach him at

    Don't miss this good opprotunity.  Block your date, mark your diary, set your outlook alarm... or whatever. Just be there!

    Meet you at the Clinic,

    Kiruba Shankar
    City Representative - Chennai
    STC India

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    May 28, 2004
    Theme Competition for STC India's 6th Annual Conference

    Take the pause that refreshes...
    Yes, reassuringly refreshing.

    Are you wondering what it is all about?
    Come to where the action is...

    STC India Chapter is pleased to announce the
    STC India's 6th Annual Conference Theme Competition.

    Friends, Wherever you are, whatever you do..
    Here is an excellent opportunity to "Be Your Best."
    Unleash the creativity in you..and participate in the "Theme Competition."

    Who knows:
    "Your theme will be everywhere, when you care enough to send the very best."

    The early bird catches the worm. The first three entries will receive surprise
    gifts. What are you waiting for? Stop thinking and get typing.

    - The competition is open to all. There is no entry fee for the competition.
    - The last date to submit entries is June 14, 2004.
    - All entries should be sent by email to
    - You may submit entries either as an individual or as a team of two individuals.
    - Each team can submit a maximum of three entries.
    - All competition entries will become the property of the India chapter of STC.
    - The decision of the judges will be final.
    - The winning entry will be used as the official theme for STC India's 6th
    Annual Conference either in the original form or modified as deemed
    appropriate by STC India. The decision of STC India's Administrative Council
    in this regard will be final.
    - The winning team will be awarded a prize at the competitions award ceremony.
    What is the prize? That's a surprise...

    For clarifications or more details, write to

    Ramesh Aiyyangar
    Program Manager
    STC India's 6th Annual Conference

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    May 12, 2004
    It's official - STC India Chapter wins Chapter of Distinction award

    Hi,  Here is the message from Susan, STC India president.  Time to pop up the champagne !

    Dear STC India Chapter members,

    Makarand Pandit (who is currently in the US attending the STC conference) called Peter Yorke a short while ago to confirm that our chapter won the Chapter of Distinction award. The Chapter of Distinction award is the highest chapter achievement award in STC, and something that you have all made possible.

    This award is a tribute to the efforts made by different STC members and chapter officers since the inception of the India Chapter. Several technical communicators in the country who are not STC India Chapter members but have supported our society's activities have also contributed to this award. Michele Berkes our outgoing Director-Sponsor provided significant direction for our award application.

    The Chapter of Distinction award was presented at the Honors Banquet on Tuesday May 11, 2004. It was wonderful to hear that both Prashant Natarajan and Makarand Pandit attended the Honors Banquet and could accept this award on behalf of our chapter.

    For the many who are wondering about how we will celebrate the award, we will do so at our chapter's annual conference in Chennai in December 2004. This is the only time that the geographically dispersed members of our chapter get a chance to meet.

    Best regards,

    Susan Alexander

    STC India Chapter

    Posted by kiruba
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    Job Opening in a Netherlands based company in Bangalore

    I'm yet to receive more information about the company but I'm told that its a good place. So in case you want to give it a shot, get in touch with dsviswanath[@]

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    May 5, 2004
    STC is 50 years old

    The STC has touched 50 years and is celebrating its Golden Jubilee at

    Read through to know how STC came into existence.


    Tharoor Gopalakrishnan
    tharoorg [@]

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    May 3, 2004
    Choosing a Typeface for the Screen

    The Best Faces for the Screen is a good article by Daniel Will-Harris about the different aspects of a typeface that can help or hinder on-screen reading. Typography enthusiasts may also want to check out the other articles in his Typofile magazine--"a magazine about type that isn't in print".

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    Apr 28, 2004
    Opening in TCS

    Tata Consultancy Services  is looking for Tech Writers : I had a talk with Lalitha Subramanian who is a senior member in TCS tech communication dept. She mentioned that TCS is on the lookout for many tech writers to be hired across the board. Excellent written skills is a must. Masters degree and knowledge of tools is an advantage. The positions are spread across many locations across the country. So if you are a newbie or an experienced tech writer, send in your resume to Lalitha .

    Posted by kiruba
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