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Southern Area Group – Tuesday 11 August 2015

August’s Southern Area Group ISTC Meeting will be given over to practise sessions for TCUK Conference 2015 speakers. The aim is to give those speakers the opportunity to develop their presentation skills with a timed session, in a relaxed environment.
This year’s TCUK Conference will be held in Glasgow from 29 September to 1 October 2015, and is entitled “Breaking the Boundaries of Technical Communication”. Details can be found at: http://technicalcommunicationuk.com/.

Time & Venue
We advise that you arrive at 6.45pm to start promptly at 7pm. The event will be held at the offices of Fotech Solutions Ltd, a leading provider of Digital Acoustic Sensing fibre optics solutions.

Address details can be found at http://www.fotechsolutions.com and there are car parking facilities for up to 15-20 vehicles. Fotech is based between Junctions 4a and 5 of the M3, in Church Crookham. Nearest railway station is Fleet. Please contact the organiser if you wish to be picked up from the station. You will have to arrive at Fleet railway station though by 6.30pm, latest.

Please register your interest here for security and catering purposes.

Meeting Format
There will be two speaker sessions and conference facilities will be available for those who wish to join us by webinar.
This meeting will also be sponsored by Adrian Steel, Head of Engineering at Fotech Solutions Ltd. If you have any questions about the company and its products, he will be available to answer your queries.

GOTO Meeting details are:
Tue, Aug 11, 2015 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM GMT Daylight Time
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/184329933

You can also dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom : +44 (0) 20 3713 5028 +44 (0) 20 3713 5028

Access Code: 184-329-933

Time Speaker Presentation
7-7.45pm Marjorie Jones Source Control

This flows on from Marjorie’s presentation last year at TCUK entitled “Lessons for Technical Authors from the field of Software Engineering”.

8-8.15pm ALL Light Refreshments provided by Fotech Solutions Ltd, and a chance to network with other attendees
8.15-9pm TBC Presentation 2
(If there is no speaker, then there will be a chance to discuss any ideas or issues arising that members need support with).
9-9.15pm Q&A
9.30pm Finish

South West England Area Group Meeting – 3 June 2015

The first meeting of the ISTC’s South West England area group will take place at the George Inn, Manor Road, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3RP click here for further information about the venue.  It is easily accessible from the M5 or from South Bristol and there is plenty of parking.  Informal dining is available which you can take advantage of if you wish.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm and Eric Weston, the SW England organiser will do his best to welcome you and make some introductions to get started.  This first meeting will give everyone an opportunity to get to know each other a bit, and share some ideas and aspirations for future meetings.   Please register here using Eventbrite so we know how many to expect.

If you get lost or need to contact Eric, his mobile number is 07597 607141

Thames Valley Monthly Meeting – June 2015

The theme for the meeting on 2nd June is “if you could design your own tech pubs software, what features would it have?”.  Come along with some ideas, examples, and graphics, to discuss them.

The meeting will be at the Bird in Hand Country Inn, Knowle Hill, nr Reading from 19.30 to 21.30 and all are welcome.

If you would like to attend please register using this link on Eventbrite

 

Next MadSIG meeting – Thursday 11th June 2015 at 3di, Ripley, Surrey

MadSIG will meet on Thursday 11th June 2015 at the offices of 3di in Ripley, Surrey from 7pm.  Coffee and cake will be available.

We plan to watch the last webinar in MadCap’s CSS series, “Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Part 3: Images and Text”. If the first two are anything to go by, you’ll learn something new, even if you’re the resident CSS expert. After the webinar, we’ll eat cake, chat around the topic and learn from each other, as usual.

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 http://www.madcapsoftware.com/demos/player.aspx?v=ef2001efe6a9f

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 here 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

Thames Valley Monthly Meeting – May 2015

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th May at the Bird In Hand Country Inn, Knowl Hill, near Reading from 19.30 to 21.30 and is open to all. Food is available for those who wish to eat.   This time we will take what we learned at the April meeting on YouTube instructional videos and write a procedure on how to prepare good YouTube videos.

To help us anticipate numbers, please use this link to Eventbrite to register your attendance.

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