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

Yorkshire Area Group meeting

The first Yorkshire Group get together is being held on Thursday 27th September in Sheffield.

Where: The Showroom café/bar. It’s about 1 minute from Sheffield railway station.

Time: 6 – 9 pm

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.

If you plan to attend, please sign up for the event at http://yorkshiregroup270912.eventbrite.co.uk/ to help us anticipate attendance numbers.

Please let your colleagues or anyone else who may be interested know about this event. For more information, contact Galyna Key: Yorkshire_areagroup@istc.org.uk.

Communicator wins APEX Award of Excellence


We are proud to announce that Communicator has won an APEX Award of Excellence for the third year in a row.

We entered the Winter 2011 issue of Communicator in the Magazine & Journal Writing class.

This award recognises the hard work of the editor, copyeditors, proofreaders, typesetter, printer and all the contributors.

Thank you to everyone who is involved in the production of Communicator, let’s continue to make this journal a successful, informative and relevant technical communication resource.

Book online now for TCUK

Did you know that you can now book online for the Technical Communication UK (TCUK) conference that takes place in Newcastle in the first week of October?

The full programme of workshops and presentations is available, so it’s time to clear your diary and make your booking.

This year’s conference includes three keynote presentations from an international group of prominent industry speakers. Leah Guren, a renowned teacher of technical writing, will tell us in her keynote address how we can improve our careers by watching fish. That sounds improbable, I know, but you’ll be amazed, and I hope, inspired, but what Leah has to say. Leah is also presenting a back-to-basics workshop in her “Golden Rules” series, explaining how to decide what needs to be documented, and how to get started with analysing your audience.

Our second keynote speaker is Karen Mardahl, an expert in making technical information more accessible. These days most of us struggle with limited resources at work, so it seems inevitable that accessibility issues are pushed far down the list of priorities. In her keynote, Karen explains how adaptability is the key to including accessibility in everything we do. You can find out more about how to make your own work more accessible by joining Karen’s workshop on Getting Down and Dirty with Accessibility and Usability.

Scott Abel has been a pioneer of content management strategy and is an in-demand speaker wherever he goes. Scott is an advocate of using structured tools and techniques in technical communication (a topic close to my heart) and not surprisingly, Scott’s keynote is called “It’s All About Structure! Why Structured Content Is Increasingly Becoming A Necessity, Not An Option”. Scott is also presenting a workshop session on Understanding eBooks, which is sure to be full of tried and tested practical advice.

You can find out more details on these and all the other sessions at TCUK, and book your place, on the conference website.

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