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by Michele Marques, Associate Manager - Information Design and Development (IDD)

 

For those of you developing technical communications, how technical are you? People come to technical communications with all sorts of backgrounds. Some people (like me) start with a programming or IT background and feel comfortable with technology. Other people start with an English or other non-technical background, and develop technical skills along the way.

 

Sarah Maddox recently blogged about Python as a useful tool for technical writers. She includes a couple of examples of how she automated tasks with Python.

 

If you're not ready to tackle Python, and you use Microsoft Office products, macro or VB scripting can be a way to ease into scripting. For example, if you have a repetitive task in Word or Excel, you can record a macro. Recording the macro creates a script that you can then edit.

The postings in this blog are my own and don't necessarily represent BMC's opinion or position.