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Technical writing is any written form of writing or drafting technical communication used in a variety of technical and occupational fields, such as computer hardware and software, engineering, chemistry, aeronautics, robotics, finance, consumer electronics, and biotechnology. IT encompasses the largest sub-field within technical communication. The Society for Technical Communication defines technical communication as any form of communication that exhibits one or more of the following characteristics: "(1) communicating about technical or specialized topics, such as computer applications, medical procedures, or environmental regulations; (2) communicating through technology, such as web pages, help files, or social media sites; or (3) providing instructions about how to do something, regardless of the task's technical nature".

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Hi, I have a digital art project I'm currently a part of, and I really need a long line with no gaps. As you can see below, there are gaps in between every em dash I put. ↓↓↓

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It is also important to note that I am doing this project on my phone; therefore, solutions available for Android phones will be highly appreciated.

Please reply soon, because the due date for this project is close. Thank you. :)
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You have a lot on your plate, yet despite those obligations you still have to do some essay writing ASAP? Due to its challenging nature, essay writing is never easy, even if you really know your way around a sentence, and even if you have pretty loose deadline. And if you are thinking that writing essays is a drag, just keep mind that good writing skills will come in handy later in life, regardless of your career choice.

Fortunately, there are plenty of tools and resources online which can make the writing process a lot more streamlined. Plus, a lot of these tools can help you hone your writing skills, as well. The following list contains 9 assignment tools that will take your writing to another level.


1. Aussiewritings.com

AussieWritings is one of the most reputable online writing services where you can get in touch with professional writers and editors at any given moment, and receive tips and guidance on how to improve your paper. You can also get your paper edited and make sure it's perfect. This is a premium service, but it's very affordable for students.


2. Vocabulary.com

One of the reasons why essays are such a challenge is because they require you to expand your vocabulary. It's not done for the sake of sounding fancy, but with the goal of finding the most appropriate words and phrases to articulate your ideas. This particular tool will help you grow your vocabulary and memorize words forever with the help of quizzes.


3. Encyclopedia.com

While there is nothing wrong with Wikipedia, you need a resource which is a bit more reliable, which is where Encyclopedia comes in. Its search engine looks for information using only the most reputable sources, and that includes encyclopedias and thesauruses. On top of that, for every source, it will generate an appropriate citation in MLA, APA, and Chicago style.


4. Simplenote

It's always a good idea to collect and organize your ideas before actually writing your essay. Using Simplenote, you can also write down ideas on the go using your smartphone, and organize them later using tags. There is also the option of sharing your notes with other users and receiving feedback.


5. iA Writer

While tools like Microsoft Word are immensely powerful, sometimes their numerous features are nothing more than a distraction. For essay writing, you only need a handful of formatting and editing options, and that is where iA Writer comes in, with its clean and simple user interface which allows you to focus on nothing but writing. Keep in mind that this app is not free, but it's well-worth its price.


6.  Quetext

Plagiarism is a serious academic offense, but a lot of the times, it happens inadvertently. In order to make sure that you always credit the original author, or that your ideas haven't been articulated by someone else before using the exact same phrasing, run your paper through Quetext, which is the world's most trusted plagiarism checker. The free version allows you to check texts of up to 500 words. The premium version allows enables you to check up to 25,000 pages at a time.


7.  PlagTracker

Plagiarism is a serious academic offense, but a lot of the times, it happens inadvertently. In order to make sure that you always credit the original author, or that your ideas haven't been articulated by someone else before using the exact same phrasing, run your paper through PlagTracker.


8. .Hemingway

Hemingway app is able to analyze your texts and make them more concise and streamlined. For example, it will highlight sentences which are too long, complex, or convoluted sentences, as well as redundant adverbs, writing clichés, and phrases. It will also assign a readability rating for each text, which is important in case you want to make sure your message is 100% clear.


9.  Time4Writing

Here you can enroll in writing courses, which will help you in the long run, because you will learn all the ins and outs of good essay writing. The courses are easy to follow and are suitable for different ages. The price depends on which course you decide to enroll in. The service offers a free assessment tool for determining the most suitable course.


Conclusion

Writing an essay does not have to be something you dread. Using the right tools and resources, you can enhance your writing chops and turn essay writing into one of your biggest strengths.


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Is there anything Telerik Reporting can do that SSRS (2005) cannot?

Specifics: We're looking to migrate our current Reporting infrastructure from in-house ASP NET + Crystal (VS Edition) to something else.

Ignoring the cost factor (we have a Telerik license), is there any pros or cons to going with Telerik over SSRS?
SSRS
Key elements we need are:

generate reports from a custom ASP.NET application
schedule reports
email reports on demand or on a schedule
pdf output, drilldown html
massage the dataset in C# before passing it to the rendering engine
Any experiences or sites that point out advantages or limitations (with either engine) would be greatly appreciated.
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SnagIt 13.1.1 (32  bit)/Win10:

In a screenshot, the empty space on the right of a screenshot has this checkered pattern. (Please see example below.) I recall an option that allows me to change to all white, but can't find it.

(In this example, I've scrubbed the content to the left of the border.)
SnagIt Checkered Background
Accordingly.
1. How do I change to all-white?
2. How can I set the default to all-white so I don't have to change it every time?

Thanks,
Steve
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Quick, for those of you that care about copywriting, typography, and such: what's your favorite way to make an em-dash (—)? My current method is to do a Google search and copy/paste, but this seems terrible and I feel bad every time I do it because I know there are more efficient ways. I've been too lazy busy to train myself to do something better, but maybe learning your favorite way(s) will finally prompt me to take a more efficient approach...

Note: most of my writing is done in a web browser and I tend to bounce between Chrome on a PC and Safari on a Mac.
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Vivacious verbs?  So are we selling real estate now at the expense of technical content?
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Of course not, just sharing overall tips in this article.
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Not all students like writing. It might seem like a complex and a completely unnecessary skill, especially if your course seems to have nothing to do with writing. But actually, it’s not like that at all.
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Hi,

Maybe I'm quibbling here...

But, which of the two options below is correct:
1. Click here for the customer-facing documentation on the public Wiki.
2. Click here for the customer-facing documentation in the public Wiki.

Thanks!
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Hey Jim on the off topic concerns, we are seeing an increase in traffic overall based on our efforts. See more information here
http://blog.experts-exchange.com/ee-blog/community-update/

I looked at the stats for the My SQL Server topic and the questions asked, excluding deleted, were up year over year for April and May but saw a decline in June. I'll see if I can find further indications why this is the case.

One thing I use that you may find useful is Google Trends. It can help you see how in general search terms are trending.

https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=2015-06-12%202017-07-12&q=%2Fm%2F0120vr

We are very interested in the health of topics, feel free to message me if you have some further insights or concerns.
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(reading for the first time)  Nice article.  Gotta like that action.  I suppose it's difficult to interpret results and do a cause-and-effect to what EE initiative led to the increase(s) in volume.    

It was very unexpected when Gene agreed to sponsor my SQL Saturday last year, to include free memberships, and was disappointed when that didn't translate to signups.  Perhaps I need to rattle a few cages in my local SQL community.

One thing I never really understood (keep in mind I'm not an SEO guy) is why tags were discontinued from articles in place of the question title.  Last year I tried doing a Google search for keywords that should have resulted in my articles in the search results (SQL Server GROUP BY, SQL Server CASE, etc.) and results were not that hot.  

For some reason my two Requirements Document Template articles get significantly higher views then the other articles.   Maybe I just nailed the title correctly.  A Google search for 'requirement document template reporting' shows my article as #2.
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Hi,

Maybe I'm overthinking this one...

When I write an instruction set, my format is along these lines (made-up example), oversimplified:

To create an EE post:
1. Clock Ask a Question.
2. Fill in your title.
3. Select topics.
4. Write your post.
5. Click Submit.

But, what if there's only one step e.g.
To exit the application:
1. Click Logout.

Is my instinct correct that I'd be better off without numbering the single step:
To exit the application: click Logout.

Thanks,
Steve
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I don't get what all the buzz is about?
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Hi,

My document suite for a web app contains a HELPFUL HINTS doc, which provides general info about the application.

I need to list certain system requirements/restrictions. Right now, I have only one (min. browser width), but this list could grow over time.

What's the best title for this section?
System Requirements (As I said in the title.)
Limitations (Meh.)
???

Thanks,
Steve

PS-Hope I'm not overthinking here...I think part of my brain's still on the holiday weekend. :)
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Hi,

I'm getting up to speed with using SnagIt for screen captures. I'm trying to add a text box with an arrow pointing to a component of the screenshot.

While I can type text into a whitespace area of the screenshot, it displays w/o a border.  So, I need to figure out how to add the border. If SnagIt could do it automatically, like MS Word does for text boxes, that would be great. In addition, what's the best way to add a red arrow?

Thanks,
Steve
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I am looking for some kind of website where I can find sample proposals for different kind of IT projects? I know I can deliver the technology to my clients but I can't write a decent proposal which probably caused me to loose several bids. I right for example I am writing one for a VDI solution for a school. Does anyone know any resources?

Thank you!

Martin
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Hello,

In  a web application, we have a horizontal area of the screen displaying various metrics. e.g. (scrubbed)

Temperature     Humidity     Wind Direction  Wind Speed  Barometer
        74                    53%                 SW                         10 MPH        29.86


It's not a toolbar or ribbon b/c it's display-only. Accordingly, is there a more concise name than "screen area"?  I suppose I could say "section", but I'm not thrilled with that word. :)

Thanks,
Steve
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Hi,

I'm documenting a time field that displays (e.g) 10;42:38.496
where .496 is 496 thousandths of a second.

So, if I say
HH:MM:SS.xxx, which are the letters to use for xxx?

Thanks,
Steve
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What does it mean to be "Always On"?
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What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

Hello,

What is the proper terminology for a horizontal area at the top of a screen that contains not only menu choices, but also other options (e.g. change password, configure screen layout, etc.) I can't truly call it a menu, so what works? Panel? Bar? Something else?

Unfortunately, I cannot provide a screenshot b/c the software's proprietary.

Thanks,
Steve
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Dear colleagues, I'm trying to find
Network diagram examples and official requirements for all 7 layers.
And also I would like these requirements with citing sources.
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What is the best way to write an essay step by step?
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Hello,

I'm documenting a report that includes a dropdown menu for date selection. e.g.

Today
This Week
This Month
This Year
Custom Date Range


Is it correct to say:
Select your Date Range from the dropdown menu?

I ask b/c to me, a Date RANGE is when you specify a starting and ending date (e.g. 5/10/2017 to 5/16/2017).

If "Date Range" is not appropriate,what would be?

Thanks,
Steve
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Hi there,

I am curious to know if there is a process to help map all DIACAP controls to RMF ? Or if there is already a mapping that was done for this already.

Please let me know your suggestions or experience. Any bit helps

-Michelle
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A big percent of today’s marketing activity is performed through the online environment. The marketing strategies that have existed a decade ago no longer relate to what’s happening today. We’re currently facing a revolutionary era, called the digital era. In ten years, the technology has developed
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Technical Writing

261

Solutions

246

Contributors

Technical writing is any written form of writing or drafting technical communication used in a variety of technical and occupational fields, such as computer hardware and software, engineering, chemistry, aeronautics, robotics, finance, consumer electronics, and biotechnology. IT encompasses the largest sub-field within technical communication. The Society for Technical Communication defines technical communication as any form of communication that exhibits one or more of the following characteristics: "(1) communicating about technical or specialized topics, such as computer applications, medical procedures, or environmental regulations; (2) communicating through technology, such as web pages, help files, or social media sites; or (3) providing instructions about how to do something, regardless of the task's technical nature".