Out of print: “Confluence, Tech Comm Chocolate”

A few months ago, I asked my publisher to take my Confluence wiki book out of print. The book is titled “Confluence, Tech Comm, Chocolate: A wiki as platform extraordinaire for technical communication”. It takes a while for the going-out-of-print process to ripple across all the sources of the book, but by now it seems to have taken effect in most sellers.

solong_300pxWhy did we decide to take the book out of print? I’m concerned that it no longer gives the best advice on how to use Confluence for technical documentation. The book appeared early in 2012, and applies to Confluence versions 3.5 to 4.1. While much of the content is still applicable, particularly in broad outline, it’s not up to date with the latest Confluence – now at version 5.6 and still moving fast. I thought about producing an updated edition of the book. But because I don’t use Confluence at the moment, I can’t craft creative solutions for using the wiki for technical documentation.

Here are some sources of information, for people who’re looking for advice on using Confluence for technical communication:

  • If you have a specific question, try posting it on Atlassian Answers, a community forum where plenty of knowledgeable folks hang out.
  • Some of the Atlassian Experts specialise in using Confluence for technical documentation. The Experts are partner companies who offer services and consultation on the Atlassian products. The company I’ve worked with most closely on the documentation side, is K15t Software. I heartily recommend them for advice and for the add-ons they produce. For example, Scroll Versions adds sophisticated version control to a wiki-based documentation set.
  • AppFusions is another excellent company that provides Confluence add-ons of interest to technical communicators. For example, if you need to supply internationalised versions of your documentation, take a look at the AppFusions Translations Hub which integrates Confluence with the Lingotek TMS platform.

A big and affectionate thank you to Richard Hamilton at XML Press, the publisher of the book. It’s been a privilege working with him, and a pleasure getting to know him in person.

For more details about the book that was, see the page about my books. If you have any questions, please do add a comment to this post and I’ll answer to the best of my knowledge or point you to another source of information.

About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 11 October 2014, in atlassian, book, Confluence, confluence tech comm chocolate, technical writing, wiki and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of Ganache.

  2. Kelly M. McDaniel

    Sorry to see the passing of such a breakthrough book. However, you have a point…the Confluence as a doc platform world has changed markedly. This change is being led by K15t, and others. For anyone who would like a little recap, see: https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/9381297/answers/9393123/comments/9394058 …best regards, Kelly.

  3. This book made others think I knew I was talking about at work. (And I did!) Thanks for writing it!

  4. Hi Sarah,

    hope you’ll get in touch with Confluence again in the future to update your book😉
    Thanks for the mention in your blog post.

    See you around.

    Cheers,
    Nils

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