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As 2013 comes to a close, STC would like to wish its members, partners and other technical communications professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the profession, we would like to provide the readers of the TechComm Today a look at the most-accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Wednesday, 15 January.

Free preview of 2013 Salary Database available
From 19 June: STC has shared an early look at this year's Salary Database, with a brief summary and some of the charts and maps that will be highlighted in the upcoming publication. This unique publication, now in its seventh year, has become a highly valued resource for job-hunters and hiring managers in evaluating salary offers and recruiting strategies as well as for independent consultants and project managers estimating labor costs, location strategies, and industry analysis. The full report will be available free to all STC members soon, but we invite everyone to review the preview report today.
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Infographic: The post-PC era is here
From 10 April: As you've probably heard, the world is heading into a post-PC era. What that means is that as mobile device use increases, the desktop PC begins to recede. That means, from an enterprise content management perspective, that you need to be thinking about content in motion, and from a Web content management perspective, you have to think about what that means in terms of presenting information to the end user.
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What is the best programming language to learn in 2013?
From 30 Jan.: recently analyzed more than 60,000 job vacancies during 2012 to produce a chart of the most sought-after technologies. Despite developer complaints, demand for PHP and Java (server/Android) remains strong. You would also expect those jobs to require some SQL knowledge although that has a strong showing in its own right. ActionScript is a dying art so it's rapidly falling off the chart. But there are a number of surprises.
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Why you shouldn't comment (or document) code
Visual Studio Magazine
From 3 July: Mobile devices are already outselling desktop computers, and we're seeing a steady rise in Internet traffic originating from these devices. In fact, by 2015, we expect the majority of Internet traffic will come from mobile devices. It's therefore understandable that organizations are feeling a lot of pressure to address mobile. Unfortunately, this extreme focus on a single factor (mobile) overlooks the broader trend looming on the horizon.
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  Master of Arts with a major in Technical Communication
Located in the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos Metropolitan area, the MATC program offers classes in San Marcos, Round Rock, and online. Classes meet one evening per week and students choose between an internship or thesis track. We also have a new state-of-the-art usability lab for student research. The MATC program offers excellent job placement rates as well as high acceptance rates into doctoral programs.

Investigating the state of UX and UI design in tech
O'Reilly Radar
From 14 Aug.: The last major shift in design arguably occurred in the 90s as print design gave way to Web design, and designers suddenly had to deal with Web-safe colors, alias fonts, and the information design challenges of a non-sequential medium. Two decades later, design is approaching a similarly monumental shift as designers move from designing for the Web to designing for systems.
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Eyetracking and the neuroscience of good Web design
Fast Company
From 23 Oct.: Fabian Stelzer, EyeQuant's CEO, believes there's a science to how we view the Web. Whether on desktops or on mobile, whether we're male or female, young or old, our eyes will be drawn to certain common elements of Web design — a combination of contrasts, locations, contours and colors. Stelzer's also sure of something else: Knowing what these common elements are, and integrating them into websites, mean ecommerce sites can snag hesitant buyers and magazines can convince readers to click on articles.
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Salary guide for UX jobs
User Experience (UX) designers have become an integral part of the digital world. Onward Search put together an infographic to outline UX jobs pay, the types of UX jobs that are in demand, and the cities with the highest demand for UX professionals.
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6 mobile design pitfalls that ruin the user experience
Akihabara News
From 13 March: Having a mobile-optimized website is a must today — visitors will simply bounce upon landing on a site that looks wonky from their smartphones. There are a few major design musts and a few mishaps to be avoided at all costs when it comes to mobile design. Follow a few basic rules, and you can avoid messy mistakes that make your mobile site difficult to use. Here’s a look at a few design pitfalls that ruin the user experience.
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5 ground rules of Web design that every designer must follow
Design News
From 3 July: There are somethings that Web designers must do, there are others they can do and there are still other things that they simply must not do. In this article, we are taking a look at some of the ground rules of Web design that need to be followed. These are the kind of rules that ensure your design meets not just your expectations, but those of the clients and its end users as well.
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Technical writing for consultants' reports: Some dos and don'ts
Australian Mining
From 5 June: This article looks at some of the most common errors and lapses from grace noted in a large number of reports written over the years by an assortment of consultants.
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iOS 7.1 beta gets developers talking on Twitter
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Apple offered developers a sneak peek at something they seem truly grateful for, based on Twitter comments: the beta version of iOS 7.1. Though most of the changes were relatively minor, they included an option to upload "burst mode photos" to Photo Stream for iPhone 5s users.

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Powering the Web with Python Web frameworks
Web frameworks are primarily server-side technologies that are designed to accomplish a series of specialized tasks. As it relates, Python Web frameworks are module and package collections that enable developers to build Web applications without concern for certain details. These details, handled by the chosen framework, eliminate complexities such as performance bottlenecks. As such, developers are free to focus on Web development responsibilities, particularly application logic.

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Goodbye WYSIWYG for Web content management systems?
CMS Wire
CMS platform provider SetSeed CMS thinks it offers a better alternative to WYSIWYG-based content management in its newest version. SetSeed 8 — with an all-new interface, improved mobile experience, and new APIs — avoids problems caused by What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) CMSs, company representatives claim. SetSeed 8 also includes several APIs that allow SetSeed CMS to be used as a website builder for the first time.

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