2013 Holiday Xmas Party!
Wednesday, December 11th 2013
6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Clubhouse @ Stanford Village Court
Rocklin, CA 95765
More info and RSVP here...
Joe Welinske Webinar
TOUCH, VOICE AND GESTURES:
For those who missed it, have no fear, click here!
How to Craft Your User Assistance to Accommodate a Variety of Interaction Types.
2013 Call for Entries!
STC’s Chicago Chapter annual Technical Communication Competition has begun and we need your entries!
Although this is a competition, each entry is evaluated on its own merit. Judges will provide detailed feedback on an assessment form.
Some of the reasons to participate in the Technical Communication’s Competition are to:
• Establish professional standards for our work
• Provide visibility for our profession
• Recognize outstanding work effort of technical communication professionals
The categories for entries are:
• Training Materials
• Informational Materials
• Promotional Materials
• User Support Materials
To read more about entering the 2013 Competition, please visit
Click here for more information
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2013 Xmas Party!
Please join us for our last event of 2013. This will be a catered event and it's, (HO HO HO) FREE!
Please note this will be on a Wednesday evening this time, not our usual Thursday night.
Please let us know you're planning to attend and RSVP today.
The Clubhouse @ Stanford Village Court Rocklin, CA 95765
Collaborative Single-Source Development of Training and Documentation
Presented by Homer Christensen
Training and Documentation are often seen as separate and different creatures and teams are often in silos competing for scarce resources. They are, in reality, siblings that can produce amazing results if they work together.
The Collaborative Single-Source Development Approach (CSSDA) we developed for our project allowed us to save approximately 20% in upfront development hours, but promises to save the client additional time and effort on updating both sets of materials by using one set of files.
We were able to continue to develop on schedule while the size of our combined teams diminished.
Using our single-source methodology allowed us to quickly produce multiple outputs, such as related job aids, with minimal efforts, and customize training materials for specific audiences.
One of the unintended consequences we discovered was the happy result of a more unified, flexible, and collaborative team who could step in to assist others as individual workloads lightened or increased.
R. N. Homer Christensen is an award-winning technical communicator and instructional designer with over 20 years experience. His client list has included Microsoft, Macromedia, and other leading software companies, nationally known authors, and state and local government. He has presented nationally, has been an invited reader at poetry festivals in California, and was Poet-in-Residence at Salmon Publishing in Ireland.
He has received a Stevie award for Best Product Developer, as well as the International Award of Distinction from the Society for Technical Communicators, two Awards of Excellence, and an Award of Merit from the Society for Technical Comunicators. He is currently the Senior Instructional Designer and Documentation Lead for Dynamics Research Corporation on a contract for the State of California.
In his spare time, Homer is a permaculture designer, working his urban food forest in historic Folsom, California.
The Urban Hive
1931 H St
Climb aboard the STC Sacramento Metro Train for a fun-filled day at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose!
We’ll depart from the downtown Sacramento Amtrak station Saturday morning Oct. 19th at 6:55 am. Enjoy breakfast with your STC friends while breezing by the beautiful scenery of the Bay on the Coast Starliner.
The cost is $115, transportation, museum entry, breakfast and afternoon snack on the train included.
Tour the museum’s main exhibits and the opening day of the new Star Wars® : Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit! Get in touch with your inner Jedi!
Enjoy a no-host lunch at Original Joe’s, a short walk from the museum.
After lunch we’ll return to the Amtrak station to catch our return train at 4:30.
This is going to be FUN! Sign Up Now!
|Leaving from Sacramento Amtrak Station
6:30PM - 8:00PM
STC Sacramento Metro September Meeting
Networking/Fall Program Line-up
Free drink with registration
|Sam's Hof Brau
||7:00PM - 8:00PM
Touch, Voice, and Gestures: How to craft your user assistance to accommodate a variety of interaction types
New ways of interacting with software, like touch and voice, mean a rethinking of how we develop our associated user assistance. This session is a guide for appropriate language choices to use for emerging interaction types like touch, voice, and hand gestures. Topics include device-specific instructions using conditional text, micro-concise instructions for small screens, writing for first user experience, flat navigation, and options for voice support. This session applies to both mobile platforms and the emerging use with desktop systems.
Joe Welinske specializes in helping your software development effort through crafted communication. The best user experience features quality words and images in the user interface. The UX of a robust product is also enhanced through comprehensive user assistance. This includes Help, wizards, FAQs, videos and much more. For over twenty-five years, Joe has been providing training, contracting, and consulting services for the software industry. Joe recently published the book, Developing User Assistance for Mobile Apps. He also teaches courses for Bellevue College, the University of California, and the University of Washington.
WritersUA East in Newport, Rhode Island
The WritersUA conference will be visiting the East Coast this Fall. A great roster of speakers and topics is scheduled for Oct 27-29 in Newport, Rhode Island. This should be an informative and fun experience for all who attend. Registration is open. WritersUA.com.
Managing and Reusing Content - Webinar
Hosted by David Singer
This will be a 40-minute live presentation that outlines the challenges facing authors who develop topic-based modular content. It introduces the concepts of the Information Mapping method for structured authoring and its application to creating effective modular content. This webinar is fast-paced and informative. It's usually followed by a question and answer session.
Content Development Manager,
Information Mapping US
David Singer has over 30 years’ experience in helping organizations achieve better control over their business-critical information. In the early 1980's, he joined Information Mapping, Inc., a company founded by Robert E. Horn to bring his research-based Information Mapping Method for structured authoring to the marketplace. The Method has become a content standard for large enterprises and government entities in at least 30 countries, and more than 600,000 people have been trained to use Information Mapping techniques. Over the years, David has held several positions within the Information Mapping organization. As Content Development Manager at Information Mapping US he speaks to audiences all over the country about content management and the Information Mapping Method. David also addresses these and many other topics in the Information Mapping blog.
David served as an officer of an STC chapter in Massachusetts in 2000.
STC Summit 2013 Lite Version
6:30 - Networking
7:00 - Presentation
|Brookfields Restaurant, Sacramento (click for map)
STC Sacramento April Meeting:
Information Architecture Essentials
Information architecture (IA) is at the heart of technical communication. It defines the structure for information and helps make information findable.
In this talk, we'll define IA terms, look at examples, and review IA principles that can help improve the quality, consistency, and clarify of your documentation.
We'll talk about IA structure at a few levels:
- Deliverables (what information goes into particular books or information sets)
- Topic level (patterns for how different types of information are organized and presented. For example: concepts, tasks, reference, trouble-shooting, and command syntax)
- Clusters of topics that work together, to address user needs
We'll talk about a bit about metadata--the tagging systems that allow information to be generated, searched, and sorted in different ways.
And we'll also talk about the importance of making sure your content aligns with user needs and business goals. The best IA in the world won't do much, if it's not supporting the right content!
Bring your questions, ideas, and experiences, and be part of this interactive discussion.
About Linda Urban
Linda Urban is a long-time technical communicator and instructor. She works with technical writing and course development teams to improve the quality of their content, focusing on usefulness, usability, and alignment with performance goals and objectives. She helps teams clarify their goals, determine what changes would help them get the results they want, and designs solutions to help them move in that direction. She is a skilled facilitator, and her workshops regularly receive excellent reviews.
She also teaches in the Technical Communication program at UC Berkeley Extension. Among the courses that she teaches are Principles of Information Architecture and Technical Communication I.
You can reach Linda here:
Arthur F. Turner Community Library
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM CST CDT
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM MDT
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Instructional Design and Learning SIG Webinar
E-Learning: Do You Have What it takes?
Featuring Jane MacKenzie
Are you interested in moving your career in the direction of designing or
developing e-Learning courses? Are you wondering whether you have the
skills to make that move easily? In this webinar by Jane MacKenzie, you'll
learn the skills you need at each stage of the e-Learning process and have
an opportunity to evaluate which skills you have and which skills you need
Jane MacKenzie (formerly Smith) has been an instructional designer for
over 25 years. She has written, designed, and produced training for
instructor-led classes, e-Learning, and audio training.
Maxwell Hoffmann Presents:
Adobe Tech Comm Suite for Word Users
Since Word is the most common denominator amongst us all for content creation, this session will focus on how to understand the power of FrameMaker / RoboHelp and other aspects of Tech Comm Suite in terms that Word users can relate to. The session will be more of a “what you can do” rather than “step-by-step” “how to’s”.
Features covered will include:
- Quick ways to set up "bullet proof" autonumbering
- How to use unique page layout features leveraging both master pages, ref pages and system variables
- "Smart Art": Generate tables of views or parts from 3D graphics, and make hot spots from graphic areas to relate text
- Hints for quick and easy index markers
- Making the most of Cross Reference Formats
- Publishing from FrameMaker to HTML5 via RoboHelp using DEFAULTS loaded with Tech Comm Suite.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Maxwell Hoffmann is Adobe’s Product Evangelist for Technical Communications and a former product manager for FrameMaker at Frame Technology. Hoffmann spent nearly 15 years in the translation industry, where he managed or published over 1,000,000 pages of multilingual content in thousands of projects. He has managed projects in DITA, XML as well as authoring tools ranging from Word, InDesign, Quark Express to structured FrameMaker. Hoffmann is based in a virtual Adobe office near Portland, Oregon and claims to have presented face-to-face, hands-on training to over 1,200 people in scalable authoring solutions over several years.
Login creditials will be sent out after registering, before the meeting.
||6:30 - 8:00PM
Robert Hershenow Presents:
Record Killer Audio with Simple Equipment
Robert Hershenow works as an independent technical communicator in Berkeley, California, and has been recording and editing audio for 30 years. In this presentation he will show how to get the most out of your equipment and recording space without a lot of hassle or expense.
Stanford Village Community Clubhouse
Stanford Village Court
6:30 to 8:00pm
STC SacMetro's Holiday Networking Event
You're invited to join the STC Sacramento Metro Chapter for a holiday networking get-together. Don't miss this great opportunity to mingle with your fellow professionals and suggest future chapter programs.
Best of all, this free event will be catered, so food and drink will be provided (sorry, no alcohol). All we ask is that you RSVP by clicking the button below. See you there!
Stanford Village Ct. Community Room
Stanford Village Ct.
Rocklin, CA 95765
6:00 PM (Pacific)
Free Student Webinar
On Adobe Connect: STC Student Membership: Challenges, Opportunities, and Benefits.
During the presentation, we will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of student membership in the Society for Technical Communication, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of all aspects of technical communication. We will have a question and answer session for students interested in creating a student chapter at their university or in having contact with STC student members at other universities.
No registration is required
When: Thursday, Dec. 6th, at 3:00 PM EST
· Internet Explorer or Safari is recommended. (There are known issues with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox)
· Open: http://stc.adobeconnect.com/studentchapters1206/
· Select Enter as a Guest.
· Enter your name in the field. You can add your school name as well (e.g., Joe Smith MWSU)
· Click Enter Room. Join Audio Conference will display.
· Choose one of the following:
Ø Dial-out: Enter your phone number. You will receive a call to this number, and you can speak through your phone and watch the conference presentation on your computer. On the main menu bar:
· From the speaker menu, select Mute my speakers to avoid feedback.
· From phone menu, select Mute my phone so we can’t hear you during the presentation.
Ø Computer: Use Internet Explorer or Safari. You will need a microphone to speak during the question/answer session. After you enter the room, on the main menu bar:
· From the microphone menu, select Mute my microphone.
· If during Q&A, your microphone does not work, from the Meeting menu, select Audio Setup Wizard. Run wizard to setup its use with Adobe Connect.
Hope you can join us on Thursday. If you have any questions , please let me know: email@example.com
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