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Thames Valley Area Group Meeting – 7th February 2017

The Thames Valley group will meet on Tuesday 7th February at 7.15pm at the Bird-in-Hand Country Inn, Bath Road, Knowl Hill, Reading, RG10 9UP. Bring along the first document you ever wrote. If you do not have that still, just bring your memories of it.

All are welcome and you don’t need to be an ISTC member. However, if you would like to attend, please register via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/istc-thames-valley-area-group-meeting-tickets-31254416802

Yorkshire Area Group January Meet Up York – 25th January 2017

Join us in beautiful and historic York for our first Yorkshire area meeting of 2017 in Brigantes Bar, Micklegate, York.

Tables have been set aside for us, please ask for the ISTC Meeting when you arrive.

It takes between 5 and 10 minutes to walk to the venue from York train station. There is a car park at the station, another at Nunnery Lane and meter parking on Micklegate right outside the pub.

This event will be hosted by ISTC Yorkshire Group Member Helen King.

Wed 25 January 2017
19:00 – 22:00 GMT

Thames Valley Group New Year meeting 3rd January 2017

The January meeting will be held in the Ashley Room at The Bird in Hand, Knowl Hill, Nr Reading from 7.15 pm and we will be hunting jobs. We will look at typical job websites, adverts and the type of skills that are commonly requested in tech author jobs.

This event is open to all and is free to attend. Please register your attendance via Eventbrite here

The organiser for the event is Darren Mitcham who may be contacted via email: thamesvalley_areagroup@istc.org.uk

Yorkshire Area Group meeting – 25th January 2017

Join us in beautiful and historic York for our first Yorkshire area meeting of 2017 in Brigantes Bar, Micklegate – www.facebook.com/BrigantesYork. From 7 to 9 pm.

Tables have been set aside for us, please ask for the ISTC meeting when you arrive.

It takes between 5 and 10 minutes to walk to the venue from York train station. There is a car park at the station, another at Nunnery Lane and meter parking on Micklegate right outside the pub.

This event will be hosted by ISTC Yorkshire Group Member Helen King.

If you would like to attend please book your place via eventbrite here. You don’t need to be an ISTC member to attend this free event.

If you have any questions or queries please email: yorkshire_areagroup@istc.org.uk

The top emerging trends within the technical communication industry 2017 – Cherryleaf

The ISTC asked its Business Affiliates what they thought were the top emerging trends within the technical communication industry at the moment, and why they thought they have come about. We also asked if they thought information development professionals are having to change the way they work (or train) due to the emerging trends. Below are highlights from the response from Ellis Pratt, Director at Cherryleaf:

1. The growth of APIs has seen a corresponding growth in the need for API documentation and interactive document environments. Without the documentation, it’s virtually impossible to use an API, as developers need to know what resources are available, where they are, and what parameters they will accept.

2. Linked with this is a move towards treating documentation as code, and using developer tools such as GitHub, Markdown and Jira to create and manage documentation. This is part a reaction to more projects following the Agile methodology, with fast and frequent releases and a team-based approach to projects.

3. As technology becomes more part of our daily lives, we’ve seem a move towards a less formal tone in some types of documentation. This is a consequence of documentation being part of the pre-sales process, and there being less anxious users.

4. We’re also seeing a move toward embedding user assistance into the application itself, without the need to go to the docs. We’ll be seeing more developments with Conversational User Interfaces, on-boarding screens and micro-content. This is a consequence of users being reluctance to admit they’re stuck and going to the Help.

 

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