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Q&A How can I make the plagiarism detector "Ithenticate" identify "θ-continuous" as a single word?

I have a problem with the similarity index of one of my works since the plagiarism detector "Ithenticate" identifies θ-continuous as continuous. In my university, all that matters is the similarity...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Heba ‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Canina‭

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Q&A How can we integrate a lightweight public ticketing system into our documentation feedback form?

We publish a substantial documentation set online. Each page has a place at the bottom that asks "was this helpful? (Y/N)", and if the person chooses "no" we offer a textbox. We collect all this ...

3 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Is there a need for better software for writers?

Software developers don't ever work in text editors, instead they use IDEs (integrated development environments) full of code assistance tools, etc. Why don't writers use similarly advanced writin...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by mauleros‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How do we prevent Madcap Flare from injecting non-breaking spaces in our documentation?

We use Madcap Flare for our documentation, and it has an annoying property: if you happen to have the shift key down when you type a space, it inserts a non-breaking space (&amp;#160;). Our docume...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How do we get Flare to stop modifying .gitignore?

We use Madcap Flare for our documentation, and the project is checked into git. (In case this matters, this is a locally-hosted git server, not GitHub.) The project uses a .gitignore file to aver...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Linking documentation to Git commit comments

Using git to track modifications to the project allows contributors to include comments with each commit. If the project's guidelines, and managers' control, keeps those comments limited to a forma...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Gypsy Spellweaver‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Git plugins for MS Word?

Is anyone aware of a plugin for MS Word that allows me to keep my documents in a git repository (gitlab compatibility would be even better)? I'm aware that git diffs won't be very meaningful, merge...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Kurt Weber‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Adding tags to documentation built in Flare?

Our software documentation set (for a SQL analytics database platform) is large, because SQL and databases have many pieces. Often a single statement, function, or feature will be highly related to...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How can we make images with (necessary) text more translatable mechanically?

Our documentation set includes some diagrams, such as entity relationship diagrams and flowcharts, where text is integral and cannot reasonably be handled in callouts. Our documentation is translat...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How can I highlight changes in HTML output from Flare, based on branch diff?

We use Madcap Flare for a large documentation set, with HTML output. (Flare source is a very HTML-y XML with some Flare-specific additions.) We use git for source control and new work is done on ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How can we format code examples so that they work on a range of devices?

We use Madcap Flare to produce a large documentation set that contains many code examples (primarily SQL, but also C++, Java, and Python) and command-line operations. When the doc set was first pl...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Tools to overcome a block from: "My words are bad"

It's said that writers improve through writing. Maybe true, but I've discovered the first draft of any new piece I write is still really, really bad. The characters are flat, the descriptions lac...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by DPT‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by What?‭

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Q&A Documenting framework features and descriptions

We have written a custom software framework and it has grown to the point where we are ready for documentation. This documentation will be used by other developers to share knowledge. I am concerne...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Grim‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Where can I find resources about writing "Choose your own adventure"-style books?

I have read/played a couple of "Choose your own adventure"-style book and am interested in the process of creating one. Where can I find (preferrably free) online resources, such as How-To-Write o...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Secespitus‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Secespitus‭

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Q&A Questionable Promotions!

I notice we have a dearth of activity on this site. With a relatively small number of active users, perhaps we can add a tab to the "Questions" Page. We have Activity, Age, Score as sorting algori...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Amadeus‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A How do you track dependencies for your co-authors?

I and one or more co-authors, sometimes geographically distributed, are working on a set of related documents. Sometimes I will make a change in my part that affects someone else's part; this coul...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Suggestions on fine-nibbed fountain pens that retain moisture well, or trouble-shooting of mine, which don't

I grew up in Germany, where we were required to write in fountain pen from second grade on (fourth grade for math). I do dip-pen calligraphy and various kinds of ink-based artwork, as well as writi...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Stephanie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Two footnote numbering sequences

Inspired by this question, a more complex question: how can I have two simultaneous sequences of footnotes? For example, suppose I am translating a book. The book contains footnotes, numbered in s...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Galastel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Good ways to sort "rambly" notes?

I know there is a name for this kind of "writing", but I just can't think of it at the moment. Basically, most of my notes are endlessly long ramblings that can go from one place to another in a he...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by noClue‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Book translation from English to Portuguese

I have a 200 page manuscript which I need to translate from English to Portuguese. I am looking for the best software application authors use for this purpose.

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by JAMES FERNANDES‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is useful about writing software?

Okay, so every 5 minutes I see a question uploaded to this site about writing software. What is writing software? Why don't you just plan on paper? I find it much easier to write out all of my mudd...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Daniel Cann‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Programs that analyze word frequency?

I would like a utility that could analyze a document and give me stats like this: WORD: FREQUENCY: a 47,268 the 37,201 gross 215 irregardlessly 1 ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Chowzen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the Difference Between yWriter5 and Scrivener?

I see that a lot of people like Scrivener better than yWriter. I know Scrivener is better, but my dad refuses to buy it, and I don't have a credit card. So, what does make Scrivener better than yWr...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Nwaka N.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Good writing software for tracking information/facts (for Man vs Nature plot)

I have been looking for a writing software, but while I have seen a number of mentions about how this or that program helps you keep track of characters, I haven't seen any mentions of ones that ar...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Kaine‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Switching to fiction software

OK, I admit to dinosaur-era technology. My first computer was the Radio Shack Color Computer 2 with a tape deck for memory storage (seriously). Websites were in DOS (let's just say you were lucky t...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Stu W‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Database for Characters?

I have been on the search (passively, that is) for some sort of database type tool to put characters in. I would want/need the basic stuff (height, birthdate, skin color, hair color, etc.) but I wo...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by HelloBeautifulChild‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to work on a new software feature that affects different topics

We're working on a software manual with several chapters and topics and, so far, these are mostly self-contained. This means we have a dedicated chapter for "connectivity" and do not mention connec...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why does this software suggest capitalizing the word 'dragon'?

Why did Grammarly suggest capitalizing the word 'dragon' in this sentence? It says it does not fit the context so needs to be capitalized: Small birds chattered and scooted about in the undergrow...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by lee leeder‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Writing many entries/articles, storing them, and browsing them

I'm looking for software that will permit me to write articles of various sizes, with a title and tags for each article. The program should store the content, and then allow me to browse (whether f...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by user2300440‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Software for plot building across multiple books

I plan to write a series of books set in the same universe, with a major plot about war, destruction, murder, killing, love, betrayal etc. But I am having problem getting the big view of my univer...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Oedum‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Good tools for writing (game) manuals and sourcebooks

As I had asked in another part of Stackexchange (didn't know about this part until some comments there) I'm writing manuals (mostly for computer games, but in addition to this also for tabletop gam...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Thomas E.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I search for tick marks not smart quotes in Word?

I'm doing a proofing check of a book prior to submitting to publication and want to make sure it's as neat as possible before doing so. Recently, I've had to merge two versions of the document - f...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Leon Conrad‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a good tool for organizing story notes?

I'm working on a fantasy series and have been keeping a Word document full of backstory, character/location information, and other world-building elements. At 160+ pages, it's reached the point whe...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by user1985189‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Alternative to mindmap software

I would like some alternatives to using a mindmap to organize my thoughts while writing. Mindmapping is good, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't preserve the sequence/order, therefore it makes thin...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by drhanlau‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A tools for writing scripts

It has been a long time since I last tried to write a play, and I hated it, not the play (which became a short story), but writing one. The word processors made working with script layout a pain, a...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by hildred‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How should I format a non fiction book with Scrivener?

I have written mainly novels in Scrivener, and am now thinking of writing a small non-fiction work (which I will self publish). When writing a novel, you just keep typing til you reach the end, bu...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Shantnu Tiwari‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to include photos in my Scrivener book?

I am creating a practical guide book with images. I am using Scrivener. I need to include images into the text, but I will then pass over my draft to a layout designer to layout out the project in ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Suggest any good text editor for Mac for writing in multiple languages

I have been using iBook author, for a time and the simple Mac TextEdit along with openOffice TextDocument. And I recently downloaded Evernote in expectation of more (but that's something else and n...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by rptwsthi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What software do you use for writing and then structuring a book?

I'm looking for good software for overseeing and rearranging the structure of a book. I have used Scrivener before, but found its exporting functionality frustrating and the software itself somewha...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What makes good writing software? [closed]

I'm developing a writing app and I'm interested to know what features would be most appreciated for such a thing. I am most interested in writing versus editing, tooling versus immersion, organizi...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Sorin Comanescu‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the word for the action of selecting an item by a mouse?

I am writing a tutorial on how to use a specific web application and I don't know which verbs to use. Shall I use "click" for buttons? But what if the user doesn't use a mouse? Contrary to "normal"...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Konrad Höffner‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tools for exploring and analysing document structure?

I'm currently writing a thesis. Just the introduction is 25 pages/8000 words. The whole document will probably be 70 pages or so. With a document this large, and on such a complex topic, it can be ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by naught101‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I search for words by meaning/definition?

Where can I search for words using descriptive sentences? For example, now I'm looking for a word meaning "to purify (by hand) a quantity of grain and take away anything that isn't good grain." Ho...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Mussri‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is Scrivener involved in the editorial process, or is it strictly a writer's development tool?

Is there any reason that an editor should know how to use Scrivener? I generally see manuscripts after they're out of draft but before proofreading. (I'm an editor.) However, I see a lot of talk ...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Neil‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What software can handle both revision control and layout?

I'm desperately looking for a book publishing solution that can handle revision control and layouts. My issues/requirements are as follows: Typists are extremely non-technical and I would like to...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Mbrevda‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a good project management software for writers?

I would like something in which I can set targets - like write/edit 10,000 words a week, set a final end date for the project, set mini targets, track any lag etc. The only PM software I've used i...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Shantnu Tiwari‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Organizing text snippets for creating different variants of a document (customized for the reader)

I'm searching for a tool/strategy to do the following: I have a lot of text snippets (informations) which are available for creating a document in different variants. The document has a standard ...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by MostlyHarmless‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Software recommendations for magazine layout?

I use Word now but I would like to find a better software for laying out a magazine. In this magazine, I would like to create columns (2 or 3 depending on the page), insert image on 1, 2 or 3 colu...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Jonathan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's your favorite keyboard? [closed]

After using a Logitech Internet Pro keyboard for the past several years, as well as an Acer OEM keyboard occasionally, I'm seriously thinking about getting a new keyboard. I write upwards of 7,000 ...

3 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by maguay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is this description of my small productivity application clear enough?

I wrote a small productivity application, Tomate. Since I'm not a native English speaker, I'm afraid the description of the project may not be clear enough for potential users. Can you help me impr...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by static_rtti‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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