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The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators is the largest UK body representing information development professionals. Its members create or manage information that has an impact on people. This includes creating user guides, manuals, installation instructions, operating and safety procedures, business processes, training materials and software user assistance.

We encourage professional development, training courses in technical communication, standards, research resources and networking opportunities for our members and industry affiliates. The ISTC also promotes the value of technical communication and the profession.

South West England Area Group Meeting – 3 June 2015

The first meeting of the ISTC’s South West England area group will take place at the George Inn, Manor Road, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3RP click here for further information about the venue.  It is easily accessible from the M5 or from South Bristol and there is plenty of parking.  Informal dining is available which you can take advantage of if you wish.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm and Eric Weston, the SW England organiser will do his best to welcome you and make some introductions to get started.  This first meeting will give everyone an opportunity to get to know each other a bit, and share some ideas and aspirations for future meetings.   Please register here using Eventbrite so we know how many to expect.

If you get lost or need to contact Eric, his mobile number is 07597 607141

Thames Valley Monthly Meeting – June 2015

The theme for the meeting on 2nd June is “if you could design your own tech pubs software, what features would it have?”.  Come along with some ideas, examples, and graphics, to discuss them.

The meeting will be at the Bird in Hand Country Inn, Knowle Hill, nr Reading from 19.30 to 21.30 and all are welcome.

If you would like to attend please register using this link on Eventbrite

 

Next MadSIG meeting – Thursday 11th June 2015 at 3di, Ripley, Surrey

MadSIG will meet on Thursday 11th June 2015 at the offices of 3di in Ripley, Surrey from 7pm.  Coffee and cake will be available.

We plan to watch the last webinar in MadCap’s CSS series, “Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Part 3: Images and Text”. If the first two are anything to go by, you’ll learn something new, even if you’re the resident CSS expert. After the webinar, we’ll eat cake, chat around the topic and learn from each other, as usual.

If you have not yet seen the first webinar in the series, “Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Part 1: Introduction and Overview”, I encourage you to watch it before the meeting, as it will provide a solid foundation for our webinar http://www.madcapsoftware.com/demos/player.aspx?v=ef2001efe6a9f

Anyone who uses the MadCap authoring products or is interested in finding out more about them is welcome. You don’t need to be a member of the ISTC, so tell your colleagues! If you’d like to come, please book here so we know you’re coming, and how much cake to get.

For more information contact madsig@istc.org.uk or find us on LinkedIn

Thames Valley Monthly Meeting – May 2015

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th May at the Bird In Hand Country Inn, Knowl Hill, near Reading from 19.30 to 21.30 and is open to all. Food is available for those who wish to eat.   This time we will take what we learned at the April meeting on YouTube instructional videos and write a procedure on how to prepare good YouTube videos.

To help us anticipate numbers, please use this link to Eventbrite to register your attendance.

Southern Area Group Meeting – 12 May 2015 7pm

Subject: Introduction to Confluence for Technical Authors by Rachel Potts

Confluence is a wiki with a growing reputation as a technical authoring tool. Maybe you’ve heard of it and you’re curious, maybe your colleagues are already using it … or maybe you’ve already been asked to start using it yourself. This is your opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like to work with Confluence and discuss its strengths and limitations.
The presentation will be a hands-on demo of how Confluence can be used by Technical Authors – from the basics of how to write and edit content, through to features that enable more sophisticated formatting, content reuse and single-sourcing.
The talk is aimed at complete beginners, but if you have experience using Confluence already, please do come and share your tips and favourite features.

Speaker Bio:

Rachel specialises in designing and improving the interfaces between customers and businesses, and the various disciplines involved in creating and communicating about software and technology.
Her first Technical Author role 15 years ago quickly evolved into broader involvement with all aspects of self-service customer care and improving the end-to-end customer experience. Rachel now works as a Consultant for 3di, on projects with a focus on creating and managing support portals, improving the findability of information, developing user-centric business processes and improving software user interfaces.

The event will take place at the offices of 3di Information Solutions, Ripley, Surrey and is free and open to everyone. If you would like to attend please register your interest using this link to Eventbrite where you will find more information and directions to 3di: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southern-area-group-introduction-to-confluence-for-technical-authors-tickets-16294086050

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