Avon J. Murphy – Four recent books on the use of HTML5 are reviewed and compared. The results are summarized in a table including audience, major strengths, major weaknesses, comments, overall rating, and cost.
Sherry Southard, Editor – Each issue of Technical Communication includes a Recent & Relevant section, which highlights and summarizes articles in related journals that may be of interest to technical communication professionals and scholars.
Janel Bloch – This articles describes a thematic analysis of 15 graduate student intern reports. Five professionalization issues are addressed: educational background, identifiability of technical communicators, status, demonstrating value added, and professional consciousness. The findings underline the importance of professionalization for the discipline.
Nancy W. Coppola – This guest editorial evaluates the state of professionalization of the field of technical communication. Evidence of professionalization is found in emerging paradigms for the body of knowledge, evolving consensus on core competencies, and mediating disciplinary status.
Edward A. Malone – Using archival research and analysis, this article demonstrates that the professionalization of technical communication is a long-term project that has included achievements as well as setbacks and delays. Many of the current professionalization issues find their genesis in the work of the founders of the profession in the 1950s.