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West of Scotland Area Group 25 October 2012: meeting report

In Glasgow on the 25th October, a loud and dark Waxy O’Connors played intimate host to the quarterly meet-up of tech comms professionals based in Scotland’s Central Belt.

Over a few light drinks, and with no specific agenda or discussion points, attendees mingled and added their own $0.02 to various conversations, including:

  • the strength of the jobs market in Scotland versus elsewhere in Europe;
  • the differences of writing in a team of one to a team of eight;
  • MadCap Flare, its dominance of the HAT market in recent years, and how version 8 measures up;
  • the recent improvements to the ISTC Web site;
  • how small the world really is when it comes to the Tech Writer community, especially in Central Belt Scotland;
  • the differences of technical documentation between industries, but also the strong similarities involved

and many more besides. Copies of ISTC Communicator were also made available to those without their own.

On a personal level, having just returned from a year working abroad, it was pleasing to see these meetings continuing and attendance being maintained at a consistent level. However, the meetings are open to all styles of professional communicator and we will always welcome technical communicators from all ends of the industry, whether you’re an ISTC member or not.

So please do join us at the next meeting in January/February. Keep an eye on the ISTC site for details nearer the time.

Report written by Graham Campbell.

Southern Area Group Meeting

The next ISTC technical communicators’ meeting for the Southern Group will take place in Guildford on Tuesday 13th November 2012, from 7pm. 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, such as technical authors, information architects, internal communication professionals, report writers, marketing writers, web content writers, technical illustrators and graphic designers.

Venue: The George Abbot, 7-11 High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4AB

If you plan to attend, please sign up for the event at http://southernareagroup131112.eventbrite.co.uk to help us anticipate attendance numbers.

Please forward this message on to your colleagues or anyone else who may be interested. If you need further information, please contact Marjorie Jones by e-mail: southernengland_areagroup@istc.org.uk

West of Scotland Area Group meeting 25 October 2012

The next ISTC technical communicators’ meeting in Glasgow will take place this Thursday the 25th October 2012, from 7.30 pm onwards. 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, such as technical authors, information architects, internal communication professionals, report writers, marketing writers, web content writers and graphic designers.

Venue: Waxy O’Connors pub, 44 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1DH. Please make your way to McTurk’s Room on the middle level.

If you plan to attend, please sign up for the event at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3196170833 to help us anticipate attendance numbers.

Please forward this message on to your colleagues or anyone else who may be interested. For more information, contact westscotland_areagroup@istc.org.uk.

ISTC Communicator PDF is half price

Communicator is available for download.

From 1-7 October 2012, purchase a PDF version for up to half price.

Members can access the PDF for free by logging into the ISTC website.

Or you can subscribe to the print version.

North West Area Group meeting

Thursday, 6 September 2012 from 19:00 to 21:00

Making DITA a reality

Speaker: Rachel Johnston

Description: Everyone in the tech comms community is talking about DITA and its benefits, but in practice, DITA adoption can be challenging. In this session we’ll be talking about the barriers to DITA adoption, how they can be overcome and the practical factors you need to consider before making the move.

Rachel has been a technical author for over ten years, working in a variety of settings from software to healthcare. In the last year she has joined Mekon as a consultant, advising clients on how they can use structured authoring tools and techniques to create, manage and share content more effectively.

Full details on EventBrite

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