The information age is also the age of the short attention span. We typically write for people who must spend much of each day reading. Many readers would prefer a pill that puts the information in their brain. We can’t give them that—but we can strive to give them the prose equivalent of a pill, rather than the prose equivalent of a meatloaf.
This talk outlines the basics of minimalist writing. Technical writers will find most of the concepts familiar—active voice, short sentences, etc. Minimalist writing stresses these concepts even more than general technical writing. Understanding and practicing minimalist writing benefits any kind of communication, including marketing.
Join us on Saturday, February 4, 2017, for an informal late lunch with good food, good company, and good techcomm conversation. This is the first Friendly Chapter Saturday lunch of 2017, and we hope you can be with us! RSVP to the email in the member e-blast (or Contact Us) by Friday, February 3 to let us know if you’re coming, order what you like from the menu, and pay your own tab.
Date: Saturday February 4, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: Black Bear Diner, 5100 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94566
With more and more software development teams switching from traditional waterfall to agile methods of development, technical communicators need to be flexible about their processes to work cleanly and efficiently. Sometimes, though, it feels like we are fitting a square peg into a round hole. It doesn’t have to be that way! This presentation will address ways to smooth off that square peg and adapt traditional documentation processes and procedures to make them fit in an agile world.
Editing skills play an important role in quality technical communication. However, even the most skilled editors need to communicate professionally and effectively with their writers. This presentation explores how effective communication with colleagues and clients can help editors enhance team communication, improve documentation, and provide writers with valuable insights to enhance their writing.
Happy Holidays! Come to our year-end meeting, our annual holiday party. We have two traditions for our holiday party:
- Share your creativity
- Win a mystery gift
- Have fun
In a highly interactive discussion, we’ll go over the basics of using version control systems to help support documentation of software products. We’ll share ideas and swap war stories about how to set up workspaces and workflows, conduct reviews, deal with product versions, and interact with developers. We’ll look at how (or whether) using these systems affects our decisions about chunking, modularity, and reuse. Spoiler alert: version control systems are not component content management systems.
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.
In a content rich world, Technical Writers are a rich resource of skills that have not been tapped into. Can they evolve into any of the more popular job roles like content strategists, curators, SEO experts, and more?
Attend Eeshita’s session on the evolving role of a content specialist. With 10 years of experience in leading content teams, including hiring novice to seasoned writers, she explains and shares her perspective on how Technical Writers of today can prove to be the most valuable asset for a business.
We’re taking a break for the summer with our regular chapter programs — but we’ll be back in September to kick off a great new program year. We hope you’ll join us come September!
Enjoy your summer and come back soon!
Did you go to the STC Summit in Anaheim, CA, last month? Whether your answer is “Yes” or “No”, come to the next East Bay STC meeting and hear from attendees about the highlights from the conference. Share your stories and hear stories from others.