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Next Meeting:

Thursday February 11, 2016
6:30PM

$5.00 for all

2105 Summit Playback: Preparing Legacy Help Projects for Responsive Design—Design Issues with Neil Perlin

 What happens to your neatly laid-out screens when the content has to run on different devices with different screen sizes and other display properties? What conversion problems can you expect and what do you do about them? In this practical session, we’ll look at:

  • The effect of responsive design on “structured content” under varying definitions of “structure.”
  •  How minimalism applies to content for responsive design, or for all content. 
  • The effect of scaling on images, deciding when to include or exclude images, and the effect of excluding images on text that reference those images. 
  • How to create multiple outputs using conditionality when you’re only generating one output. 
  • The effect of scaling on image maps. 
  • The effect of scaling on complex tables.
  • The effect of scaling on “movies” in general, and the need to convert from SWF to HTML5 for output to iOS devices. 
  • And more….

Please register before noon the day of the meeting to allow time to download and set up Adobe Connect.

Click here to register


March 19, 2016
10:00-2:00

Saturday Workshop:
Introduction to API Documentation with
Tom Johnson

TomJohnson

The demand for technical writers with the skills to document APIs is huge and growing. Here is your chance to learn about REST APIs from Tom Johnson. 
At its core, REST API documentation focuses on requests and responses. Surrounding this core, there are a host of details to cover, such as authentication, endpoints, parameters, methods, response formats, rate limits, error codes, and more. In publishing REST API documentation, you can create interactive documentation using specifications such as Swagger, RAML, or API Blueprint. In this half-day workshop, you will learn how to document REST APIs in depth. 
Register today! Space is limited.

Where: 
Rocklin Public Library
4890 Granite Dr. Rocklin, CA 95677

Click here to sign up


ConveyUX
February 9-11, 2016 – Seattle

If you are interested in bridging technical communication with the field of user experience, ConveyUX is a great opportunity. This annual Seattle event features 3 days, 30 speakers, and over 40 great sessions about usability testing, interaction design, and content strategy.
http://conveyux.com/ 

User Assistance Tools Survey
in Progress

The annual User Assistance Tools Survey is now in progress.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ua_tools_survey
The survey is designed to give you information drawn specifically from the user assistance community. Please consider contributing your experiences. Results will be publicly available on the WritersUA site.


Joe Welinske Webinar

TOUCH, VOICE AND GESTURES:
How to Craft Your User Assistance to Accommodate a Variety of Interaction Types.

For those who missed it, have no fear, click here!

Letter from the President

Opportunities to advance your career abound with participation in your local STC chapter. If you are a new college graduate searching for a fulfilling career, someone who wants to transition to a career in technical communication, or a seasoned technical communicator, there are many benefits to involvement in your local STC chapter.

Here are the top five reasons that I’m involved in my STC Sacramento chapter:

  • Education. Knowledge IS power. Technology and processes are constantly evolving. STC Sacramento is dedicated to ensuring that you have the knowledge and skills to succeed in the field. Our monthly meetings present internationally known speakers on the current trends in the field of technical communication. Every meeting I have attended has provided me with at least one great idea that I use immediately on my projects.
  • Personal enrichment. Gain leadership skills or practical experience managing a web site, writing newsletter articles, or promoting the chapter through social media. The STC Sacramento chapter provides an encouraging environment for you to add experience to your resume. For example, a gentleman who was a new graduate in English from UC Davis was the STC Sacramento web master for one year. His redesign of our web site was the catalyst for launching his professional career.
  • Networking. Expand your professional and social network. In-person networking is as important as online networking. The Harvard Business Review surveyed their subscribers on the impact of in-person meetings. They found that meeting someone face-to-face was the most important factor to building long-term relationships. The person you meet at our meeting may be your ticket to a new job or may know the solution to a work problem you have been struggling with.
  • Mentoring. Pair up with an active member of STC Sacramento. We are technical writers, editors, content developers, web designers, instructional designers, translators and documentation specialists and are all passionate about what we do. We work as contractors, full-time salaried and part-time employees in high-tech, government, banking, biotech, insurance, and pharmaceuticals and think our role as communicators is the most important role in our companies. We offer informational interviews and portfolio review. Our goal is to ensure the success of all people in the field through advising and advocacy.
  • Community. Be part of the largest organization dedicated to the field of technical communication. Choosing a membership in the national STC organization offers:
    • discounts on educational webinars
    • access to the STC Body of Knowledge
    • advanced access to job postings in the STC Job Bank
    • on-line access to STC publications
    • access to the STC Salary Database

I joined STC when I was between jobs many years ago and became actively involved in the Sacramento chapter as a volunteer for the STC Summit in 2011. I find my membership in STC to be invaluable both professionally and on a personal level.

Jill

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