About me

Jean Hollis Weber

544 Carlyle Gardens, Beck Drive North, Condon, QLD 4815, Australia
phone +61 7 4723 5446
e-mail jean@jeanweber.com

Technical editor and writer with over 30 years of editing experience; now retired from paid work.

I have over 30 years of experience as a scientific and technical editor and writer.

From 1988 to 2006 I had been contracting and consulting, including documentation team leading for CSA and ISSC Australia (1993-1995). From 1996 much of my work involved online help systems and website development.

In 2003 I became involved with the OpenOffice.org community, in the role of “lead editor” for a group of volunteers then called OOoAuthors, now ODFAuthors, who are writing user guides for OpenOffice.org. I was Co-lead of the Documentation Project at OpenOffice.org for several years. I am also active with the LibreOffice Documentation team and the Friends of OpenDocument Inc., which publishes printed versions of the OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice user guides.

Past clients have included Dexion (Australia) Pty Ltd, IBM Global Services Australia, NCR Australia, Studioserv (New York), Lexmark International (Australia), Advanced Power Pty Ltd, and a variety of smaller software development companies in the Sydney area.

My work included:

  • Analysis, planning and estimating of writing and editing projects
  • Writing and editing hardware and software user manuals, tutorials and online help
  • Editing web pages and scientific, technical and engineering material
  • Indexing
  • Training in technical and scientific editing

My earlier work was as a scientific editor and information officer with CSIRO and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

I have taught short courses in writing and editing to IBM, Fujitsu and CSIRO staff; conducted workshops in editing and the use of Microsoft Word for groups including the Society of Editors; and lectured in technical writing and editing at several Sydney-area universities (graduate and undergraduate level).

I have written or contributed to numerous books. See this page for a list of them.

I designed and maintain several websites in addition to this one: one (Avalook) for travellers to Australia, one for users of OpenOffice.org, and one for the Friends of OpenDocument.

In the past I was active in the Australia Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication and the Australian Society for Technical Communication.

Personal Details

Born Washington DC, USA; US citizen; resident of Australia since 1974; Australian citizen since 1981.


BSc (Hons), Botany, University of Maryland, USA
MSc, Plant Ecology, University of Maryland, USA


Last updated 15 October 2011.

Publications by Jean Hollis Weber

Books Self-publishing using LibreOffice, published by Friends of OpenDocument Inc., December 2012, ISBN 9781921320293. More information. Taming Apache OpenOffice 3.4: Getting Started, published by Friends of OpenDocument Inc., May 2013, ISBN 9781921320323. More information. Self-publishing using OpenOffice.org 3 Writer, published by Friends of OpenDocument Inc., October 2009, ISBN 9781921320071. More information. Technical Editing in the …


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