Southern Area Group Meeting, Thursday 12th November, Guildford

The next meeting of the ISTC Southern Area Group will be on Tuesday 12th November at The Keep in Guildford, from 7pm onwards. Graham Armfield will talk to us about web accessibility, what it is, and why it’s important. 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, but numbers are limited, so book your place and find out more details here: http://ISTCSouthernNov2013.eventbrite.co.uk.


More information from: southernengland_areagroup@istc.org.uk

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South Wales Area Group Meeting | Thursday 3 October, Cardiff Gate

The first meeting of the new South Wales Area Group will take place at the Toby Carvery, Cardiff Gate on Thursday 3 October 2013 at 6.30pm.

It’s free to attend the meeting and non-members of the ISTC are welcome to come along. If you’re interested, please register here:


The evening will be a chance to meet and greet like-minded technical communicators from the South Wales area. As we learn about each other’s skills and interests, we can think of setting an agenda for future meetings.

If you have any suggestions for topics we might start talking about straight away, please get in touch with me using the email address below.

Please feel free to join our South Wales Group on LinkedIn.

Best wishes,

John Espirian

A Visual Communication Story in 3D

The north west regional group will be holding their next meeting on the 3rd October. The event is free and everybody is welcome.

Title: A Visual Communication Story in 3D

Description:  Are companies really utilising their design information to share ideas, market their products, and publish documentation that’s interactive and updated from a single source? Paul Hill from Waters Corporation will discuss how the use of 3D CAD data has developed in the Technical Communication community, and how Waters has utilised this technology to share content in its journey towards a fully integrated “Visual Enterprise”.

About the speaker: Paul Hill is a Senior Technical Writer Team Leader at Waters Corporation.  He studied Technical Illustration in Swansea before living in Europe and working on automotive and aerospace projects for a large Technical Publication agency. His work has always centred on documents for engineered products, writing mechanical procedures, creating illustrated parts catalogues, as well as 3D mechanical design. His current role includes the integration of Right Hemisphere visualisation software into SAP and the subsequent training of employees throughout the company.

If you want to attend please can you book here https://visualcommunicationnwtcg.eventbrite.co.uk/

Meet with MadCap Mike in Staines on 19th September!

Mike Hamilton from MadCap is going to be at the Swan Hotel, The Hythe, Staines TW18 3JB http://swanstaines.co.uk/ on Thursday 19th September from 7pm onwards. He’s generously offered to spend the evening talking MadCap with anyone who uses Flare and the other MadCap products, or is interested in finding out more about them.

If you would like to come, please let me know, preferably by email (address below) with your contact details, so I can update you if anything needs to change. If you’ve got any specific topics you’d like to talk about, let me know too.

Mike has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the MadCap products, so this is a chance not to be missed. Bring your questions and, if you like, your projects, and get to know some other Flare fanatics from the South of England at the same time.

I’m sorry to those of you who can’t make this venue. It’s been a bit of a headache to find somewhere suitable and central, and I know this is too far away for some of you who have already  expressed an interest. Sorry to disappoint you, but Mike will of course be at TCUK the following week for the inaugural meeting of the UK and Europe MadCap Users group.

Marjorie Jones


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