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Easier generation of iiRDS packages with the new plugin for DITA Open Toolkit

On March 22, the tekom iiRDS Consortium published a free plugin for the DITA Open Toolkit. In fall 2023, an important milestone for the international relevance of iiRDS was reached with the publication of "IEC PAS 63485:2023". Now, with the plugin, the Consortium provides an easy-to-use and customizable tool to enable many international DITA users to easily generate iiRDS packages from the DITA environment.

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Update: Position Paper of tekom Europe on the European Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act

On March 13, the 705 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted on the Artificial Intelligence Act at first reading – and they approved it! A reason to celebrate for tekom Europe, which had published its position paper on the European Artificial Intelligence Act just two days earlier and sent it to the MEPs.

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ISO 24183 "Technical communication - Terminology" was published in January 2024. According to the announcement on the ISO website, ISO 24183 "defines terms for the theory and application of technical communication." When ISO 24183 was drafted, the recommendations of the ISO/IEC Guidelines Part 2 to use existing terminological entries from international standards were not always followed, in order to avoid unnecessary proliferation of terminological variants. However, for some key technical communication terms, the terms and definitions in ISO 24183 contradict IEC/IEEE 82079-1 "Preparation of instructions for use of products - Part 1: Principles and general requirements", which was jointly developed by ISO, IEC and IEEE. tekom’s standard committee scrutinized both standards.

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Report of the year 2023

Report of the year 2023 Let's look back at tekom Europe's 2023: highlights, achievements, learning. First of all, we want to thank all our volunteers involved in the country organizations, working groups, and other initiatives for organizing events, sharing ideas and contributing to the community – you are great! We look forward to a new year together with you. The first highlight of 2023 was the founding of tekom Ireland as a new country organization.

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tcworld conference 2023: 10 Years tekom Europe

At this year’s tcworld conference, we celebrated tekom Europe’s 10th anniversary. The celebration began with the Honors Banquet on Tuesday evening. The founding members of tekom Europe, who signed the founding papers of tekom Europe at tcworld conference 2013 in Wiesbaden, were honored. It was a wonderful evening with good food and good company.

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tekom Austria organised an event dedicated to the S1000D, a standard that originally comes from the aviation and military industries. The event was held at the FH Joanneum Graz. Several guest speakers shed light on the standard, its theoretical foundations and its practical implementation from different angles.

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Report NORDIC TechKomm Copenhagen 2023

This year’s conference started on Tuesday, September 19 with a networking event in the afternoon. Attendees discussed tools and trends in technical communication, including content writing, systems, and challenges in translation. The most hotly discussed question was “Will AI help us get rid of PDF as a format?” The overall consensus was that, at some point, PDF formats will probably be replaced by AI – however, it will take a while. In the evening, there was a guided tour through the city center of Copenhagen, where we visited the most important sights and learned about the history of Copenhagen. Since this networking format was well received by attendees, providing an excellent start for the next two conference days, we will probably host it again next year, maybe in a different setting.

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Pure fraudulent scam about passing on addresses of trade fair participants

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10 Years of tekom Europe!

As tekom's members became increasingly international, longing for an international association, tekom Europe was founded in 2013. The two founding members are tekom Deutschland and COM&TEC Italy. tekom Deutschland and COM&TEC Italy agreed to take the step of creating a European organization in order to have greater representation and develop locally, via national communities, to bring together and represent technical communicators. The two founding and corporate members and country organizations set the beginning in motion: Germany, Italy, Austria, Romania, Turkey, and France.

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Evaluating the readability of patient-facing documents

Using a medical device as a non-medical professional is often stressful; whether you have to inject yourself with insulin because your blood sugar is off, take a sick child's temperature or perform dialysis during a break, stress is a factor. This stress only increases if you're unsure about what exactly you need to do.

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