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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.

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.

TCeurope 2015 colloquium

The TCeurope 2015 Colloquium is hosted by STC France, and offers sessions on information delivery, emerging technologies relevant to technical communicators, and methods for engaging users. Saturday hands-on sessions include an Adobe Workshop.

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

Thames Valley Monthly Meeting – April 2015

The group will meet on Tuesday 7th April 2015 at The Bird in Hand Country Inn, Knowl Hill, Reading at 19.30.  We will be discussing instructional videos on YouTube – bring your favourite YouTube links and we will watch and comment on them.

Please use this link on Eventbrite to register your interest – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thames-valley-area-monthly-meet-tuesday-7th-april-2015-tickets-16084606491

Next MadSIG meeting – Thursday 19th March 2015 at 3di Ripley

MadSIG will meet on Thursday 19th March 2015 at the offices of 3di in Ripley, Surrey, from 7pm onwards. Coffee and cake will be available.

By popular request, we plan to watch one of the excellent MadCap webinars, “Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Part 2: Fonts and Beyond” , which was originally presented by Mike Hamilton at the end of last year. Unless you know absolutely everything there is to know about CSS stylesheets and how to set them up in Flare, I’m sure you will learn something new from this webinar. After the webinar, we’ll eat cake, chat around the topic and learn from each other.

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 (view or download from here: http://www.madcapsoftware.com/demos/player.aspx?v=ef2001efe6a9f). You may know some of this already, especially if you have worked with CSS for a while, but even then, I suspect you may find one or two new nuggets of information.

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 your place on EventBrite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/madsig-meeting-thursday-19th-march-2015-ripley-surrey-tickets-15966287596) 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 at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=5081593&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp

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