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

If any of the links above don’t appear to work, cut and paste the text directly into your browser – some email clients may break them up in transmission.

West of Scotland Meeting, Glasgow – 10 March 2015

The next ISTC meeting will take place on Tuesday 10 March 2015, from 7.30 onwards at Waxy O’Connors Pub (Library area), 44 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1DH.   Come along to talk about latest news and trends in communication or just to meet other communication professionals.  The event is free and open to anyone interested in technical communication.  If you would like to attend, please register your interest via Eventbrite

TCUK 2015 Call for Proposals

The Technical Communication UK 2015 conference takes place at The Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre in Glasgow, 29th September – 1st October 2015. The Call for Proposals is now open and runs until 3rd April 2015. We welcome proposals of general interest to technical communicators and also proposals related to our special focus.

This year’s special focus is Breaking the Boundaries of Technical Communication. One of the exciting aspects of technical communication is its changing nature. Assumptions are being challenged and boundaries are being broken as technical communicators meet the needs of users today.

For example:

  • What is, and isn’t, seen as technical communication?
  • Is there life beyond writing manuals?
  • What new innovations are emerging in technical communication?
  • Can we move beyond instructions?
  • What talents and skills can a technical communicator bring to other fields? Is a hybrid career possible, and if so, what does it look like?
  • How can we change the way in which we work when we create content?
  • What benefit is there in straddling two fields?
  • What happens to those who keep to the traditional path?

We also welcome proposals on any topic that you feel will be of interest to technical communication professionals. Delegates at previous conferences have expressed interest in presentations on a wide variety of topics.

There are full details of how to submit your proposal as well as advice on how to create a proposal on the TCUK website.

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