MadSIG Meeting, Tuesday 19th April 2016, Ripley, Surrey

MadSIG will meet on Tuesday 19th April 2016 at the offices of 3di in Ripley, Surrey, from 7pm onwards. Coffee and cake will be available. There is also a local chippy too if anyone is interested.

We plan to watch one of the excellent MadCap webinars, “MadCap Analyzer:Your secret weapon for higher quality projects”, presented by Denise Pena.  You are sure to learn something new from this webinar. 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

Thames Valley area group meeting – 1st March 2016

The meeting will be held at the Plowden Arms in Shiplake from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.  We will be looking at style guides so come along and bring your favourite style guide.

The meeting is free and open to all but please register your interest at Eventbrite using this link.

The organiser for this event is Darren Mitcham and he may be contacted by email:  thamesvalley_areagroup@istc.org.uk


SW England area group meeting – 9th March 2016

The next meeting of the SW England area group will be held on Wednesday 9th March 2016 at the George Inn, Bristol from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Head upstairs to “Abbot’s Retreat”.

The general topic for discussion this time is “Technical Review” (that is, review/approval of content by subject matter experts). Some ideas to get you thinking:

  • What are the main difficulties you experience in this area, and what do you think are the main causes?
  • Have you tried anything unusual that has led to breakthroughs or pitfalls you can share?
  • What methods and tools do you use to track/improve the flow of information?
  • What practical steps can we take to prepare when outsourcing/off-shoring/globalisation/etc threaten existing processes?

All are welcome and if you would like to attend, please register using this link to Eventbrite.

The organiser for the event is Eric Weston and he may be contacted via email – southwest_areagroup@istc.org.uk

ISTC East Scotland group meeting: 11th February | Edinburgh

The next meeting of the ISTC East Scotland group will be on Thursday the 11th February at 6:30pm in the The Kenilworth on Rose Street, Edinburgh,

There will be two short talks talks (5-10 mins) each followed by a Q&A. Attendees are encouraged to stay after the talks to discuss the topic further.

Topics for this month’s talks

  • Influencing UI design
    Robin Smith (FIS™) will look at how technical authors can (and should) influence user interface design.
  • TC – QI
    Chris Burden (doc-department) looks into the origins of some Quite Interesting technical communications terms.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in technical communications to learn about the latest news and trends in communication, and to meet other communication professionals.

Venue details

The meeting will be in the back room; Go straight through the bar, the room is on the left.


Please register your interest for the event if you intend to attend.

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