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Thames Valley area group meeting – 7th June 2016

The meeting in June is all about being a contract technical writer. The highs, the lows, and what you need to do to become a contractor.   The meeting will take place at the old venue – The Plowden Arms, Shiplake Cross, Henley-on-Thames from 7.30 pm.

All are welcome and you don’t need to be an ISTC member to attend but please register via Eventbrite here.

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

Guest post – So you want to learn about API documentation

This is a guest post from Jennifer Rondeau, a Technical Writing Manager at Capital One.

This is a post for beginners. Specifically, it’s a post for technical writers (regardless of specific job title) who want to learn more about API documentation, a realm traditionally separated from other forms of software documentation, and often made mysterious by folks who don’t use it or make it.

That I find this post necessary says quite a lot about the state of software documentation and the technical writers who produce much of it, but that’s a point I’ll explore in more detail another day. For the time being, I want to offer advice that’s meant to complement what other technical writers have said or written on the subject.

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Thames Valley area group meeting – 3 May 2016

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 3 May at our old venue of the Bird in Hand, Knowle Hill, Reading from 19.30.

Robert Pallant will be sharing his knowledge on Agile project planning and scrums and all are welcome to attend.  You don’t need to be an ISTC member.

Please register your interest in attending via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/istc-thames-valley-area-group-meeting-tickets-24807171919

Photos – ISTC Members at MadWorld 2016

Here are some photographs of ISTC members and other British Technical Authors at MadCap Software’s MadWorld 2016 conference, which was held in April 2016 at the Hilton Mission Bay Spa and Resort San Diego.

Click on the photo below to access the album on flickr.

ISTC Members at MadWorld 2016

SW England area group meeting – Wednesday 13th April 2016

The next meeting of the SW England area group will be held on Wednesday 13th April 2016 at the George Inn, Bristol from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Please head upstairs to “Abbot’s Retreat”.

The general topic for discussion this time is “Authoring tools”. Some ideas to get you thinking:

  • How would you go about choosing an authoring tool? How would your approach and requirements vary in different scenarios (e.g. as an employee, as a consultant or as a freelancer)?
  • What are the broad themes that define different classes of authoring tools (e.g. ‘help authoring tools’ like MadCap Flare, wikis like Confluence, content management systems like Drupal)?
  • To what extent do different ‘authoring tools’ overlap with collaboration, delivery/publishing and other related areas that are important to our work-flow? What might a holistic approach look like, and how can we steer towards it?

All are welcome and if you would like to attend please register your interest here via Eventbrite.

The organiser for this event is Eric Weston who may be contacted by email: southwest_areagroup@istc.org.uk

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