Keynote Speaker: John Kohl

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The keynote speaker at SpeedCon will be John R. Kohl, author of The Global English Style Guide: Writing Clear, Translatable Documentation for a Global Audience.

An authority on writing for translation and non-native speakers, Kohl holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language. He has worked at SAS Institute since 1992 as a technical writer, technical editor, and linguistic engineer. In his current role, he supports tools such as controlled authoring to help writers and editors apply the principles of global English style—and reduce the cost of editing and translation.

The Global English Style Guide uses abundant, clearly explained examples to show how technical communicators can improve the readability of technical documentation for a global audience. Guidelines are rated by importance to human translators, machine translators, and non-native speakers. But the cardinal rule of global English style is, “Don’t make any change that will sound unnatural to native speakers of English.” A review in Carolina Communique noted, “Kohl understands the needs of technical communicators, technical translators, and non-native speakers alike, and his guidelines respect the needs of each of those groups.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your skills in writing for a global audience. Register for SpeedCon today!


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