MadSIG Meeting, Tuesday 21st June 2016, Ripley, Surrey

MadSIG will meet on Tuesday 21st June 2016 at the offices of 3di in Ripley, Surrey, from 7pm onwards. Coffee and cake will be available and there is a chippy nearby if anyone is interested.

We plan to watch a MadCap webinar “Customize All the Things! Creating a Unique Help Experience Using MadCap Flare” which explains how one company extended Flare’s top-nav functionality to produce a really impressive help site. After the webinar, we’ll eat cake, chat around the topic and learn from each other.

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 your place on EventBrite so we know you’re coming and how much cake to get. Please book here:

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The organiser for this event is Marjorie Jones and she may be contacted by email: MadSIG@istc.org.uk

Communicator and Science

A blog post from Katherine Judge, Commissioning Editor, ISTC Communicator.

The ISTC is the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators. While Communicator normally contains lots of articles on technical communication there’s little if any content related to scientific communication. I’m trying to work on ways to redress the balance.


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.


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

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