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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.

Southern Area Meeting, 7pm Thursday 1st September 2016, Winchester

The next ISTC Southern Area event is at The Royal Oak, Royal Oak Passage, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9AU, on Thursday 1st September 2016, from 7pm. We have reserved the lower bar (which is supposedly the oldest bar in Winchester).

Matthew Ellison will introduce us to CSS Flexbox.

This evening provides a high–level introduction to the CSS Flexbox Layout (Flexible Box) module, an exciting new technology that all technical communicators should be familiar with.

Matthew demonstrates how flexible web pages can be coded simply and elegantly for a range of different screen sizes using Flexbox techniques.

We’ll be there from 7pm, and Matthew’s talk will start around 7.30pm. Afterwards there will be the usual opportunity for questions, for serious discussion, or light-hearted chat, depending on your mood and inclination.

The event is free, and is open to ISTC members and non-members. But if you are planning to come, please register on Eventbrite click here so we can let the venue know how much space to reserve for us. You’ll also find directions and parking information in the Eventbrite listing.

Thames Valley Area Group meeting 2nd August 2016

The group will be meeting at it’s usual venue, The Plowden Arms, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames at 19.30 and will be having a sneak preview of the presentation that Liz Gregory will be giving at TCUK 2016 in September.

All are welcome and you don’t need to be an ISTC member but please book via Eventbrite so we know how much space to reserve.

UK Technical Communication Awards – Last Call For Entries (by 30th June)

Last year saw an unprecedented number of UK Technical Communication Awards entries, with the judges also deciding to offer ‘merits’ due to the high standard of the applications. Entries were received from individuals, companies and collaborators from all around the world and from different types of industry. The UKTC Awards organisers are aiming to build on the success of last year’s awards and would urge all technical communicators to enter this year’s UKTC Awards with a deadline of 30th June. Simply send your entry here: https://uktcawards.com/awards/enter/

The purpose of the UK Technical Communication Awards is to recognise the value of clear, concise and effective information relating to scientific or technological products or services. Entries are welcomed from ISTC members, non-members, individuals, companies or students alike. Submissions cost £25 for ISTC members and £40 for non-members per entry. The awards include nine categories split between three classes focussing on communication effectiveness, use of technology and innovative business practices. Results will be published in ISTC publications and websites, including Communicator journal, with awards presented during the Gala Dinner at the Technical Communication UK conference, being held at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre near Cambridge on 14th September 2016.

You might also like to read an article, written by two UKTC Awards judges (President of ISTC, Alison Peck and Cherryleaf Director, Ellis Pratt), giving an insight to the six emerging trends within the Technical Communication Industry, also drawing on trends from last year’s awards submissions: https://uktcawards.com/blog/

MadSIG Meeting, Tuesday 21st June 2016, Ripley, Surrey

MadSIG will meet on Tuesday 21st June 2016 at the offices of 3di in Ripley, Surrey, from 7pm onwards. Coffee and cake will be available and there is a chippy nearby if anyone is interested.

We plan to watch a MadCap webinar “Customize All the Things! Creating a Unique Help Experience Using MadCap Flare” which explains how one company extended Flare’s top-nav functionality to produce a really impressive help site. After the webinar, we’ll eat cake, chat around the topic and learn from each other.

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 so we know you’re coming and how much cake to get. Please book here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/madsig-meeting-tuesday-21st-june-2016-ripley-surrey-tickets-25950088413.

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The organiser for this event is Marjorie Jones and she may be contacted by email: MadSIG@istc.org.uk

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