Monthly Archives: September 2016

Applying Standard Approaches toward Improving Usability – 6 Oct 2016 [Meeting]

Need to rally a team or a stakeholder on the importance of standards for a content development project? This presentation provides an overview of benefits and costs of developing content with standards.

An overview of standards used by technical communicators includes XML, DITA, HTML, CSS, and WAI. In addition, some projects also involve reference to other discipline-specific standards.

On October 6, notions of the applicability of standards for content development projects were explored through an array of values to be obtained by uses of standards. Ron answered questions about applicability and presented specific examples of standards and their many uses.

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Teachers Meet Authentic Technical Writing in Summer Workshop

In their 2012 article on “Reading, Writing, and Thinking Like a Scientist” Gina Cervetti and P. David Pearson summarize the evidence that

embedding direct instruction of comprehension strategies in extended, knowledge-building investigations…supports students’ literacy development better than direct instruction of comprehension strategies that are divorced from the context of explicit and theme-based knowledge development. [Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 55(7), 580-586, April, 2012, DOI: 10.1002/JAAL.00069]

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