Monthly Archives: October 2015

MadCap Flare: Conditional Text 101

Conditional text is one of those writing tactics technical writers love to talk about… but never seem to use. It’s a shame as conditional tagging can save you a lot of time, especially if you have technical documents which share 90% of the content but the other 10% needs to be tweaked for each release. […]

5 Part Formula for Writing Error Messages

How can we write error message that are both helpful and human? Error messages fall into three categories: informational, warning, or errors. Error Message: 5 Part Format Most messages contain these parts: Error number — a one-to-five-digit number that identifies the message. User-defined messages may contain more digits. Description — a Unicode string that contains […]

Madcap Flare – Close all Open Documents Except Active One

Ever want to close all the open documents in Madcap Flare except the one you’re working on? Yes? If so, here’s how you do it: In Flare, click the Window tab. In the Open Windows section (far left), click the Close All Documents button. This opens a drop-down list. Click Close All Documents Except This […]

How to Write Error Log Messages

You know in Star Trek, when they’re looking into the Captain’s Log? I bet they also had an Error Message log for when things went real bad. You know, like when the Klingons actually won and took over the Enterprise. Ok, so what’s this got to do with tech docs? Well, it’s a roundabout way […]

[Checklist] How to Review Troubleshooting Guides

Making a list, checking it twice… or three times… How do you test your Troubleshooting Guide after you write it? One way is to create a checklist and test each part individually. This also helps System Administrators and Software Testers to double-check that all procedures have been completed correctly. Ok, less talk from me. Let’s […]

Madcap Flare: Snippets 101

Snippets? Sounds familiar but what are they? In the Madcap world of Flare, snippets are content ‘fragments’ you can re-use in different parts of your Madcap Flare projects. Use snippets to insert: Text Tables Images Video Why Use Snippets If you find yourself typing the same text over and over, create a snippet instead. Create […]

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Review Checklist for Technical Documents

Making a list, checking it twice… How do you review your technical documents? You just don’t eyeball them, right? Before you send your shiny new user guide into the wild, use the following checklist to review your technical documents: Title Is the title consistent across all documents? Note lower, mixed, and upper case combinations Product […]

Madcap Flare: Logo Size and Settings for WebHelp

Want to replace the default MadCap Flare logo for your online help? Before you do, a few things to consider: For IE 6 or older uses — save the logo as GIF with a transparent background. If you use PNG, the transparent portion of your image appears as black. For IE 7 or newer — […]