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

Lean and Agile documentation – ISTC Southern Area Meeting, 7pm Tuesday 17th May 2016, Guildford

The next meeting of the Southern Area Group will be on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at The Keep, 29 Castle Street, Guildford, GU1 3UW from 7pm. Ellis Pratt will speak on Technical Writing in Lean and Agile environments. He’ll explain how to rise to the challenge of writing user documentation in an Agile environment and how Lean and Agile could be used to manage writing projects.

We’ll be there from 7pm, and Ellis’s talk will start around 7.30pm. Afterwards there will be the usual opportunity for questions, for serious discussion, or light hearted chat, depending on your mood and inclination.

The event is free, and is open to ISTC members or non-members, so tell your friends and colleagues! But if you are planning to come, please register on Eventbrite here so we can let the venue know how much space to reserve for us and how many people are likely to want to order food.

Parking is available in the Tunsgate Multi Storey right next door to The Keep, or the Sydenham Road Multi Storey about 250 yards away, but be aware that some roads in the area are one-way streets, so check your directions carefully!

The organiser for this event is Marjorie Jones who may be contacted by email: southernengland_areagroup@istc.org.uk

Thames Valley area group meeting 5th April 2016

The next meeting of the group will be held on Tuesday 5th April 2016 at The Plowden Arms, Shiplake from 7.30pm.  We will be having a presentation which will be an introduction to DITA and XML for beginners and all are welcome to attend.  If you would like to attend, please register via Eventbrite using this link

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

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


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